Approach us for issues of larger public concern, says SC

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 08, 2013 16:30 hrs

New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) Dismissing a petition challenging renaming of Amritsar's Rajasansi International Airport to Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, the Supreme Court Friday said that approaching it for enforcement of constitutional rights should be for much larger issues affecting people and society.

A bench of Justice R.M. Lodha, Justice J.Chelameswar and Justice Madan B. Lokur said that the recourse to Article 32 of the constitution for moving the apex court should be far much larger issues than to agitate against the change of name of a place.

Under Article 32, the apex court has the powers to issue directions or orders for the enforcement of any right conferred under Part III of the constitution conferring the fundamental rights.

Respect and the sacrifices of great people resides in the hearts of the common man and merely by changing the name of a place in no way undermines the contribution of great people, Justice Lodha told counsel K.S.Chauhan appearing for the petitioners Rashtriya Sahns Mal-Sansi Samaj Sangh and others.

Declining to entertain the petition, the court said that the naming or renaming of the places and buildings should be best left to the executive and warrants no interference by the court.

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