High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016

The Union Cabinet has approved renaming the high courts of Bombay , Calcutta and Madras after the current names of the cities -Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. The government will bring a bill in Parliament to effect the change.
Demands from state governments to change the names of the HCs had been pending with the law ministry for some time. It will bring a bill -the High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 -to rename the three courts established in the 1860s under the Indian High Court Act, 1861. At present, there is no central law under which the proposal for change of name of these high courts can be addressed. Briefing reporters on the decisions of the Cabinet, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the names of these high courts would be changed after the rechristened names of the cities. No need to rename HC, say legal eagles: The decision of the Union cabinet on Tuesday to rename Bombay high court as Mumbai high court was “totally unnecessary“ said legal eagles even as they set social media atwitter with many questioning the rechristening. The cabinet also cleared the renaming of Calcutta and Madras high courts as Kolkata and Chennai respectively .

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