Aurangabad: Bombay Bench of High Court refuses to hear plea regarding naming of Aurangabad

Mumbai : The Bombay High Court has refused to hear a plea challenging the state government’s decision to change the name of Aurangabad city to Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar. While there is a separate bench of Aurangabad, this petition will be heard by the Aurangabad bench. Clarifying this, Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta has directed the petitioners to appeal before the Aurangabad bench itself.

What is the petition?

Mohammed Ahmed, Annasaheb Khandare and Rajesh More has filed this petition together. The state government tried to change the name of Aurangabad in 2001, but it was defeated at that time. Then the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray illegally rushed this important issue in its last state cabinet meeting purely for its own political gain. Then on July 16, the government led by the current Chief Minister Eknath Shinde suspended it and within a few hours the name of Aurangabad was changed. It was announced that Sambhajinagar is being changed again. All these matters have been brought to the court’s attention in this petition.

Contempt of the provisions of the Constitution 

The petitioners have alleged that this decision of the state government is in contempt of the provisions of the Constitution.&nbsp No one has ever demanded to change the name of Aurangabad even during Maratha or British rule. However, after the establishment of Shiv Sena and other political parties, the petitioners have claimed in the petition that since 1988, these political parties have changed the name of Aurangabad to polarize the society on religious and communal lines for their own political gain. It is also mentioned in the petition that the present government is trying to change the name of Aurangabad without any reason.

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