The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a change in the names of the Madras, Bombay and Calcutta High Courts to reflect the changes in the official nomenclature of these cities to Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata, respectively.
“The names of these cities have been changed for a few years now. (So) it is appropriate to change the names of their high courts as well and the Cabinet has approved the introduction of the ‘The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016’ in Parliament,” Telecom and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.
The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 will facilitate the changing of the names of ‘Bombay High Court as Mumbai High Court’ and ‘Madras High Court as Chennai High Court’ respectively, said an official statement from the government, which was silent on changing the name of the Calcutta High Court. At present, there is no Central Law under which the proposal for change of names of these High Courts can be addressed and the new legislation will enable that, the official communiqué said.