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Plea filed in Delhi High Court against NDMC's decision of renaming Aurangzeb Road

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 4:03 IST

A lawyer, on 31 August, filed a plea in Delhi High Court to restraint New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) from changing the name of Aurangzeb Road.

According to him, the decision was a result of "sick and communal politics" and "lacks understanding of history".

The plea also sought the court's order to restrain New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) from issuing notification with regard to changing the historical name.

"The NDMC in utter violation of law and procedure, instead of naming a new road in memory of Late APJ Abdul Kalam has renamed an historical road known as Aurangzeb Road to be known as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.

"Pertinently, the guidelines for naming/renaming of roads, streets, villages, towns etc and installation of statues/memorials to followed by state names authority, Delhi, provides that the name of existing streets, road etc will normally not be changed. Only new streets, roads etc will be considered for being named after eminent personalities," the plea said.

"Names which are part of history will not be altered. All proposals for renaming will be referred to the Ministry of Home Affairs in accordance with instructions in letter dated 27 September, 1975," it said.

The PIL filed by advocate Shahid Ali stated that the "act of altering the historical name is nothing but an outcome of sick and communal politics, which should not be allowed to have any place in India for its being a beautiful, secular and democratic republic and which is known for its unity in diversity and which is the homes of thousand religious, cultural, social and political beliefs."

The request to change the name of the road, made by BJP MPs Mahesh Giri and Meenakshi Lekhi and the trade wing secretary of Aam Aadmi Party, was accepted by the NDMC on 28 August.

The plea said the intentions of NDMC and the responsible persons behind the move are "malafide and the decision is the outcome of sick politics and lacks understanding of history".

"Since, the move of renaming appears to be politically motivated and do undermine the contribution of Aurangzeb towards the unification of India, the petitioner feels that the said move will bring bad name and fame to the greatness of India and therefore, the name and secular image of India will suffer adversely," it said.

The move of NDMC to change a historical name was "bound to adversely affect the image of India as a secular and justice imparting country and which is known for its unique feature and characteristic," it added.


First published: 31 August 2015, 8:44 IST