The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday unanimously passed the special privilege motion to rename the Madras High Court as Tamil Nadu High Court.
The Tamil Nadu Government stressed that the Centre should not change the Madras High Court as Chennai High court but as Tamil Nadu High court. The state government emphasized that calling it as Chennai High Court would be inappropriate.
All opposition parties, including the DMK and Congress, welcomed the special privilege motion and supported the motion. The Government of India introduced ‘The High Courts’; (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016? in the Lok Sabha earlier on July 19 in order to rename the High Courts of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras. As per this Bill, the High Court of Madras from the appointed day shall be known as the High Court of Chennai. Based on overwhelming public opinion in Tamil Nadu, the proposed change of name was debated in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.
After a detailed discussion, the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passed a resolution today 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 today.