The Lucknow bench of Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice Mahendra Dayal gave three weeks’ time to AAP to respond to the petition filed by the Naitik Party, which claimed the election symbol was initially allotted to it and that it had contested the 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on it.

Waving broom: AAP supporters and affiliates have been carrying brooms for all its election rallies. File pic

Pleading that the symbol be given to it for the April-May 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Naitik Party lawyer Chandra Bhushan Pandey told the court that the allotment of the symbol to the Aam Aadmi Party was against the ECI’s norms and guidelines.

“We will not let AAP usurp what is rightfully our symbol,” he said. Naitik Party had filed a petition before the high court last week against the allotment of the symbol to the AAP, and the case will come up for hearing after four weeks.