Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SLC Reads

PIL against names of Banks – Not a matter of Public Interest: Bombay High Court

Socio Legal Corp

Last Updated on October 4, 2022 by Administrator

Written by Vidisha Mathur

In the case of Onkar Sharma v Union of India and Another, the petitioner filed public interest litigation seeking to change the names of Punjab National Bank and Bank of Baroda, claiming them to be misleading. The petition was dismissed by the Bombay High Court last week.

The petitioner was the senior auditor at a Mumbai Branch of Punjab National Bank. He pleaded that Punjab National Bank and Bank of Baroda are nationalized banks, with some international dealings as well, and hence, regional names such as ‘Punjab’ and ‘Baroda’ should not be used, as it gives the impression that these banks are regional. He contended that such ‘misnomers’ created confusion, especially amongst those from remote areas, regarding the regional, national or international status.

The petitioner prayed that such names not be used for the banks of national status.

A bench constituted by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik dismissed the plea, stating that the case included any matter of public interest was so ever. The court was unable to identify how the negligent issue may have caused genuine harm or public injury that needed to be redressed. The petition did not meet the parameters set by the Supreme Court in the case State of Uttaranchal v Balwant Singh Chaufal and Others, to consider a PIL and hence, the petition was dismissed.

The bench also observed that the issue lay outside its jurisdiction and was a matter to be considered by the administration or competent authority of the bank itself. The petitioner was even unable to claim that the names of the banks had negatively affected the banks’ growth in any way either.

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Related Posts

Inside Court News

Last Updated on February 28, 2024 by News Desk Recently, the Bombay High Court directed the Maharashtra government to consider the 26/11 Mumbai terror...

Inside Court News

Last Updated on January 23, 2024 by News Desk Issue:- A plea was filed by 8 companies including TATA Metaliks and JK Cement which...

Inside Court News

Last Updated on January 16, 2024 by News Desk Introduction: The Bombay High Court has recently dismissed the writ petition filed by the Maharashtra...

Inside Court News

Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by News Desk Delhi High Court has initiated a Suo moto public interest litigation (PIL) over the sale...