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SC issues notice to UP govt on PIL challenging renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant issued notice to the state.

Published: 20th January 2020 02:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st January 2020 09:49 AM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday sought response of the Uttar Pradesh government on a plea filed by Allahabad Heritage Society challenging the renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj.

A bench, comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, issued notice to the state government on an appeal filed by the society against the Allahabad High Court order of February 2019 dismissing the PIL against the renaming of the holy town.

The Centre had on January 1 last year approved the renaming of Allahabad as Prayagraj.

The high court had observed that a mere name change of the city will not affect the public interest and moreover, it cannot interfere with the policy decision of the government.

The appeal, besides challenging the notification of the UP government in this regard, has also alleged procedural violations in renaming the holy city.

The move to rename the city is contrary to the secular ethos of the Constitution, and hence runs contrary to the spirit of composite culture, the plea said, adding that the name Allahabad has been associated with the city for almost four centuries.

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