The Rajasthan High Court in the case of Bhagwati Singh (Since Deceased) v/s Raja Laxman Singh, issued notice to the Government seeking clarification on the usage of titles Raja, Nawab, Maharaja as prefix while filing cases in courts.
The counsel for the petitioner contended that the said title was filed before the trial court and as a result of the same had to be repeated.
The single judge bench of Justice Sameer Jain noted that from the Articles of the constitution it is analyzed that recognition, titles granted to the rulers of the Indian State no longer persist and are abolished.
The court said that limited notices be issued to the Additional Solicitor General R.D Rastogi representing the Central Government and Advocate General M.S Singhvi for the State to address the same issue.
“Whether after the insertion of Article 363-A and 26th Amendment in the Constitution of India, the said title of Raja, Nawab, Maharaja, Rajkumar as prefix can be filed/ addressed in the constitutional court or the learned trial court below,” the court added.
The court further directed the registry to issue notices of the said petition as well as certified copy of this order upon the respective offices of learned ASG and learned AG so that the issue can be addressed on the next date.