Delhi high court: Name change of student is allowed, stating that it is “right to freedom of speech and expression

10 nov 2020

Delhi high court: Name change of student is allowed, stating that it is “right to freedom of speech and expression

The Delhi high court has directed Delhi university that a changed name of s student has to be mentioned in the degree certificate stating “changed name alias/earlier name.”
The petition has filed by a DU student pursuing B.A. (philosophy), seeking quashing if notification issued by the university mandating a student to obtain change of name in the records of the CBSE as a prerequisite for change of name in the records of DU.
The bench observed that, to have a name and to express the same in the manner he wishes, is a part of the right to freedom of speech and expression under article 19(1)(a) as well as right to liberty under article 21 of the constitution of India. It cannot be denied that the right to change a name is a protected right and the petitioner would normally be not denied the said right on technical issues.
However, the bench noted that the issuance of revised certificates with changed name as sought by the petitioner therein would create a discrepancy and reflect a status which did not exist at the time of issuance of the certificates thereof.