Court bans rebel faction from using INL name, flag and symbol

Dissident faction leaders are prohibited from presenting themselves as party leaders and collecting money

Dissident faction leaders are prohibited from presenting themselves as party leaders and collecting money

In relief to the official Indian National League (INL) faction, Kozhikode’s third additional sub-court here on Wednesday was granted a ‘temporary restraining order’ restraining the rebel faction led by the former state president AP Abdul Wahab to use the party name, flag, and symbols.

Writing the judgment, Judge Leena Rasheed also barred the dissident faction from calling any meeting, conference or public gathering on behalf of the INL at any location. The order was based on a petition submitted by B. Hamsa Haji, who was the chairman of an ad hoc committee set up by the party’s national leadership in February. Subsequently, Ports Minister Ahammad Devarkovil, who is also the state president, Secretary General Kasim Irikkoor and others were implicated in the lawsuit.

In addition, the court prohibited rebel leaders from presenting themselves as party officials or members and from soliciting memberships and collecting money from the public. In addition, leaders were barred from entering or entering party property until further notice, the order said.

It was in February that the INL split from the faction led by Mr Wahab to form a parallel committee at a meeting of the party’s state council in Kozhikode.

James V. Hayes