APJ Abdul Kalam Road Will Not Be 'Re-Renamed' As Aurangzeb Road, Decides Delhi HC

14/10/2015 3:54 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 4: NDMC worker changes the name of old Aurangzeb Road as APJ Abdul Kalam Road on September 4, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The Council decided to honour the late President by renaming the colonial-era road named after the Mughal emperor on August 28 after three separate proposals, including from two BJP MPs, were sent to it after the death of President Kalam on July 27. (Photo by Arun Sharma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition challenging the renaming of Aurangzeb Road to APJ Abdul Kalam Road and maintained that it was not in public interest.

Advocate Shahid Ali had last month filed the PIL challenging the New Delhi Municipal Corporation's decision to change the name of Aurangzeb Road and rename it after the former president.

The PIL had also alleged that the "act of altering the historical name was nothing but an outcome of sick and communal politics, which should not be allowed to have any place in India".

However, the NDMC had said that the council was empowered to take decisions on numbering and naming of roads in its areas under Section 11 of the NDMC Act.

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