Can Sasikala faction use 'hat' symbol to file nomination: HC

Can Sasikala faction use 'hat' symbol to file nomination: HC

The Delhi High Court  on Friday asked the Election Commission whether the Sasikala- TTV Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK can use the "hat" symbol to file nominations for the upcoming bypoll to the R K Nagar Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu.

Justice S P Garg asked the poll panel's lawyer to take instructions and inform the court on this aspect on Friday.

The hat symbol was given to the Sasikala-T T V Dhinakaran group by the EC in March this year after it had frozen the use of the "two-leaves" symbol, to which a group led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam had also laid claim.

The Palaniswami-Panneerselvam faction had at the same time been granted the "electric pole" symbol.

However, on November 23 the poll panel ruled in favour of Palaniswami-Panneerselvam faction by allotting the "two- leaves" symbol to them.

The Sasikala-T T V Dhinakaran faction in its plea has also challenged the November 23 order of the EC, besides seeking interim directions permitting it to use the "hat" symbol to file nominations.

However, the other faction contended before the court  on Friday that only the returning officer (RO) can decide whether the Sasikala faction can use the "hat" symbol.  

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