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New bill likely to be introduced in Parliament to rechristen names of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras High Courts
 
(New Delhi, Nov 18, 2018):A new bill is likely to be introduced during the Parliament’s upcoming Winter session to rename the historic High Courts of Bombay, Madras, Calcutta as per the names which are currently in use. The High Court (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 19, 2016, to change the names of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras High Courts to Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai respectively.

However, the Tamil Nadu government has appealed to the Centre to rename Madras High Court as the ‘High Court of Tamil Nadu’ instead of ‘High Court of Chennai’ as proposed in the bill. In the case of West Bengal, while the government wants the Calcutta High Court to be renamed as Kolkata High Court, the HC has itself “not agreed for a revised nomenclature”.

In a written reply in December 2016 in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for law P P Chaudhary had said the old bill would have to be revised and a new bill would be introduced. “The central government has sought views from the state governments concerned and the respective high courts for finalising a fresh bill. No time frame can be fixed for finalising of the fresh bill and its introduction in Parliament,” he had said.

A fresh bill is unlikely to be brought in the Winter session that begins on December 11, a senior Law ministry functionary said. “No forward movement had been made on the bill,” he said.

The Calcutta High Court was first among the three chartered high courts to be set up in India and was opened formally on July 1, 1862. The ‘Indian High Court Act’ of 1861 vested in the Queen of England to issue letters patent to establish High Courts of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay.

Later, the Bombay High Court was inaugurated on August 14, 1862, which has three benches at Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Goa today. It is one of the few institutions in Maharashtra that continues to carry the old name of the city. The state government renamed Bombay as Mumbai in 1995 and all institutions under it altered their names accordingly.

The Madras High Court, which came into being around the same time, has one bench in Madurai.


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