STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Scholar fined RS 10K for demand to purge Mahatma from currency

A penalty of `10,000 was imposed on a scholar with PhD for seeking a direction to the Centre to remove the prefix ‘Mahatma’ before the name of the Father of the Nation in Indian currency.

Published: 14th November 2017 02:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2017 07:51 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI : A penalty of `10,000 was imposed on a scholar with PhD for seeking a direction to the Centre to remove the prefix ‘Mahatma’ before the name of the Father of the Nation in Indian currency.
The first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sunder imposed the cost while dismissing in limine a PIL petition from S Muruganantham of Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district, on Monday. The amount should be deposited with the Registrar-General of the Madras High Court within a fortnight, the bench added.

The petitioner, a research scholar in the faculty of engineering and technology attached to Jadavpur University in Kolkata, who also claimed he was a human rights activist, raised the constitutional validity of the prefix Mahatma to M K Gandhi.According to the petitioner, the currency is printed and circulated by the Reserve Bank of India. He wondered how the government of India allowed the prefix ‘Mahatma’, as it was violative of Articles 14 and 18 of the Constitution.

It also violated the principle of equality, which is the basic structure of the Constitution, the petitioner said and prayed for a direction to end the use of the title ‘Mahatma’ in the currency notes and coins and postal stamps of India.The bench, however, came down on him like a ton of bricks. No public interest is involved; such PILs only clog the business of the court and consume the valuable time, the Bench quipped and imposed the cost.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp