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Why Jayalalithaa wants to rename Madras HC after Tamil Nadu instead of Chennai

 |  Updated on: 1 August 2016, 14:33 IST

The Tamil Nadu Assembly, on 1 August, unanimously passed the special privilege motion to rename the Madras High Court as Tamil Nadu High Court.

The Tamil Nadu government emphasised that the name Tamil Nadu High Court must be picked over the name Chennai High Court, as naming it the latter would be inappropriate.

All opposition parties, including the DMK and Congress, welcomed the special privilege motion and supported the motion.

The High Courts' (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 19 July with an aim to rename the High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras.

While the Bill suggested that Madras High Court be renamed Chennai High Court, the proposed change was debated in the state assembly in the wake of the public opposition to the move.

After a detailed discussion, the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution to call upon the Government of India to move necessary amendments to the bill introduced in the Lok Sabha so as to rename the High Court of Madras as the High Court of Tamil Nadu for the reasons outlined in the resolution.

"The text of Resolution passed unanimously in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly today is appended. I request the Government of India to take immediate further action on the basis of the Resolution," Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said in her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 August.

--With inputs from ANI