Ajit bloc not complying with symbol order: Sharad to SC | India News

NEW DELHI: Sharad Pawar on Wednesday complained to Supreme Court that Ajit Pawar‘s NCP was not complying with the court order to give wide publicity in newspapers and pamphlets to the legal battle over party symbol ‘clock’, which it was allowed to use, and state that the matter was sub judice. Sharad Pawar sought the intervention of the court on the issue.
Appearing before a bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice K V Viswanathan, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned the case and alleged that instead of implementing the court order, Ajit Pawar had filed an application seeking modification of the order, which should not be allowed.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi and lawyer Abhikalp Pratap Singh, appearing for Ajit Pawar, submitted that SC had not decided the case, which was still pending and requested a modification to the last line of the order.
As per the last line of the previous court order, the declaration that the matter was sub judice was to be incorporated in every pamphlet, advertisement, audio, or video clips to be issued on behalf of the respondents. Seeking modification of the order, Ajit Pawar’s party said wide publicity was given and advertisements were issued in various newspapers across all languages but it was practically impossible to use the disclaimer in every pamphlet and audio or video clips
“It is submitted that while the respondent so far has complied and will continue to comply with the directions of this court, it is pertinent to note that during the course of campaigning for the elections at the grassroot levels, the pamphlets or posters are printed largely by local karyakartas/party workers and the printing or publication of such banners or posters cannot be controlled especially at the grass root level by the national/state office-bearers of party,” the application said.
“Relax/modify the condition in clause (vi) of the order dated March 19 requiring a declaration in every pamphlet, advertisement, audio or video clips to the effect that the allocation of the clock symbol is sub judice before this court and that the applicant has been permitted to use the same subject to the final outcome of these proceedings,” it said.
As Ajit Pawar and his uncle Sharad Pawar are fighting a legal battle for getting control of NCP and its symbol, Supreme Court on March 19 had in an interim order allowed the former to hit the hustings using party name and the symbol ‘clock’ but directed the Election Commision to recognise the rival faction as ‘NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar)’ and reserve symbol of ‘man blowing turha (trumpet)’ for it.

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