Plea to name quarters after MGR dismissed

Holding that naming a building after a leader is a task to be undertaken by the Government through a policy decision, the Madras High Court (MHC) on Tuesday thrashed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking for a direction to name the residential quarters for judicial officers at Saidapet and Egmore Court complex as ‘Bharat Ratna Dr M G Ramachandran Residential Complex for Judicial Officers’.
Plea to name quarters after MGR dismissed
Madras High Court


A division bench comprising Justice R Subbaiah and Justice AD Jagdish Chandira while coming down heavily on the petitioner Dr AE Chelliah, a senior advocate, said, “where it is shown that the petitioner has not suffered any legal injury and there is no infringement of fundamental or constitutional rights, PILs cannot be ordinarily entertained by the courts.”
“In the present case, we find that there is no public interest involved or the petitioner has any locus standi to file the present writ petition,” the bench stressed. The petitioner had contended that he was appointed as a Chairman and Managing Director of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) during 1978 by MGR. Moreover, being a loyalist and a staunch follower of the objectives of MGR, he submitted a representation to the authorities for naming the quarters after MGR, since it will herald to the public the objectives and achievements made by him. The petitioner also claimed that since he was instrumental in the Government releasing funds for construction of the residential quarters, he had moved the PIL.

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