PIL to rename Allahabad High Court rejected

A PIL filed by advocate Ashok Pandey in the Allahabad High Court to rename the court either as Prayagraj High Court or the Uttar Pradesh High Court was dismissed by a bench comprising Justice P.K. Jaiswal and Justice D.K. Singh.

The High Court dismissed this plea, filed in the form a Public Interest Litigation, by stating it as a “publicity stunt litigation”. The petitioner had raised the plea to rename the high court on the basis of the state government renaming the Allahabad district to Prayagraj on October 16, 2018.

In its latest order, the bench said renaming is within the powers of the Legislature and not the Judiciary under the Constitutional scheme and hence it cannot interfere in the issue.

The high court, however, did not impose any cost on the petitioner for filing the “unnecessary” petition, stating that the petitioner was a practising lawyer of the court.