Madras HC Directs District Administration to Refrain From Displaying Caste from Names of Roads

Madras HC Directs District Administration to Refrain From Displaying Caste from Names of Roads

Chennai: Recently, the Madras High Court instructed the Tiruvannamalai District Administration to remove and thereafter, refrain from displaying the names of caste on the boards situated on the streets/ roads in the town panchayat of Thesur.

The direction was issued by a division bench comprising Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, who made the observation while disposing of a recent petition filed by A Venkatesan, wherein the petitioner sought direction for removal of caste name from the name of streets in Thesur town.

The Advocate on record for the petitioner, Advocate A Rajesh Kanna, submitted that around 52 streets in Thesur were named in memory of certain eminent persons, which included mentioning of their caste names. However, it was pointed out that such practice was contrary to the Government Order of the Rural Development and Local Administration Department, dated October 3, 1978.

Subsequently, the Council on record for the Government, contested that a resolution had been passed by the Municipality for removing the caste from the name of the streets. Moreover, objections and other apprehensions regarding the resolution were also invited from the public at large.

The bench said,

“There is no necessity to call for any objection from members of the public. Mandate in 1978 GO is extremely clear that wherever there is reference to a caste, in the name of roads and streets, the same has to be removed.”

 

Thereby, the Court directed in accordance with the mandate, that the Authorities ought to remove reference to any caste, in the name of street/roads in Thesur town panchayat.