Court Rejects Plea Seeking Removal of ‘Mahatma’ From Gandhi on Notes; Slaps Rs 10,000 Fine On Him


A research scholar went to Madras High Court with a plea to the removal of the word ‘Mahatma’, which means a great soul in English, as a prefix from Gandhi’s name, from Indian currency notes. The Madras High Court on Monday Rejects Plea and was slapped with a cost of Rs 10,000 for wasting judicial time.

The scholar, S Muruganantham, from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, filed his petition as a public interest litigation (PIL) but was rejected by Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar. According to reports, they stated that this kind of petitions only lead to wastage of time and trapped the courts business.

Muruganantham argued that the act of the government violates Article 14 and 18 of the constitution and further questioned the gravity of adding ‘Mahatma’ before the name of M K Gandhi in Indian currency notes, says reports. Moreover, the scholar further said that when RBI uses ‘Mahatma’, it violates the principle of equality which constitutes a basic foundation of the constitution, reports said.