A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain to apprise it whether any guidelines are to be followed for renaming roads. "We only need information with regard to any guidelines mandatory for such changes. File affidavit before September 22," the bench said, while clarifying that it is not issuing any notice.

The court sought the response after the ASG contended that the guidelines are advisory but not mandatory for renaming a road.
During the hearing, the court posed a query to petitioner advocate Shahid Ali, who had alleged that the decision was the outcome of 'sick and communal politics' and 'lacks understanding of history'.

The petitioner, assisted by advocate Wasim Alam, said in the plea, "NDMC in utter violation of law and procedure, instead of naming a new road in memory of late APJ Abdul Kalam has renamed an historical road known as Aurangzeb Road to be known as APJ Abdul Kalam Road.
The PIL said the "act of altering the historical name was nothing but an outcome of sick and communal politics, which should not be allowed to have any place in India which homes thousand religious, cultural, social and political beliefs".
The request to change the name of the road, made by BJP MPs Mahesh Giri, Meenakshi Lekhi  and the trade wing secretary of Aam Aadmi Party, was accepted by New Delhi Municipal Council on August 28.


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