The Madras High Court may not be renamed as Chennai High Court. Instead, it may be called the Tamil Nadu High Court. The state Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution in this regard. The resolution moved by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged the Union government to make necessary amendment to The High Courts (Altercation of Names) Bill 2016 to rename Madras High Court as Tamil Nadu High Court, and not the Chennai High Court which was suggested earlier. The Tamil Nadu government’s argument for renaming Madras HC after the state, instead of Chennai only, is that the court’s jurisdiction extends to the entire state. While moving a resolution in this regard in the Assembly, Jayalalithaa argued this and said Tamil Nadu High Court would be more “appropriate”. She also pointed out that several other HCs in the country are named after the respective states.
Earlier this month, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved to introduce The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 in the Monsoon session of the Parliament. The Bill prescribes the changing of names of Bombay High Court as Mumbai High Court, Madras High Court as Chennai High Court and Calcutta High Court as Kolkata High Court respectively. The three courts were named after the cities. After renaming of the three cities, there have been demands seeking change in names of the HCs also. However, in the absence of any law in this regard, a new law needs to be passed by the Parliament to make the prescribed changes effective.