The controversy over the proposed change of city’s name from Ahmedabad to Karnavati on Wednesday reached the Gujarat High Court, with a public interest litigation (PIL) being filed. PIL filed over the issue pleading that the court should restrain the state government to change the name.
The division bench of Acting Chief Justice AS Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav, however, clarified that the court is not inclined to entertain the petition unless the petitioner—Hetvi Sancheti—produces any documentary evidence which indicates that the state government is considering a name change for Ahmedabad.
The court after patiently listening to the arguments of Sancheti said it cannot entertain the petition based on the verbal claims of politicians. Interestingly, Sancheti had submitted that chief minister Vijay Rupani had openly declared in a public forum that the city will be re-christened as ‘Karnavati’ before the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
The advocate said that the change of name will also affect the city’s heritage tag granted by UNESCO. It was submitted that the historical evidence as published by the state government and submitted to the UNESCO clearly mentions that the city of Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah and the name ‘Karnavati’ is reflected nowhere.