HYDERABAD: A PIL case was filed in the Hyderabad High Court challenging the action of Dr Shantaram Balawant Majumdar, chancellor of Symbiosis International University, for putting the prefix “Padma Bhushan” to his name.
Petitioner Y Sridhar, advocate of the city, submitted that as per the Supreme Court judgment, it was illegal to use the title “Padma Bhushan” as prefix to the name of the awardees. If it was prefixed, then the defaulter should forfeit the award conferred on him or her by following the procedure laid down in the regulations of the National awards.
However, no action was taken by the Centre in the case of Dr Majumdar though it was proved that he used the title as prefix to his name. He urged the court to issue directions to the Central government to take back or to annul the said award. Secretary to ministry of home affairs, principal secretary to home, Telangana, and Dr Majumdar were named as the respondents.