It took just few second for Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Monday to dismiss a petition seeking to rename Aligarh Muslim University. Expressing his displeasure, CJI Gogoi said, according to Bar and Bench website, “You want us to do that? Dismissed.”
The bench comprising CJI Gogoi and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul noted in their order, “Having heard the petitioner, who is appearing in-person and upon pursuing the relevant material, we are not inclined to entertain the writ petition. The same is, accordingly, dismissed.”
The AMU has been the target of India’s right-wing brigade, led by the BJP. Last year, the BJP had caused a huge fuss ahead of a key bypoll in Kairana Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party had demanded the removal of a portrait of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, from the students’ union hall of the AMU. The BJP had dumped the issue after it suffered a defeat in Kairana.
The latest attempt by individuals to move the Supreme Court seeking the renaming of the AMU can be seen in the context of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, scheduled to be held within next few months.