HC junks PIL seeking ban on Congress symbol because it resembles Maharashtra police logo

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation challenging allotment of 'hand' symbol to Indian National Congress on the ground that it is very similar to the logo of Maharashtra police.


Congress party symbol and Maharashtra police logo

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah said the PIL lacked any merit and a similar petition had been rejected by the Aurangabad bench of HC.

The petition, which was filed by RTI activist Hemant Patil, Theclaimed that the symbol may lead common man to equate Congress with police and think that the party maintains the law and order.

Patil claimed that he had approached the Election Commission of India as well as the Maharashtra home ministry and filed written complaints, but no action was taken.

The PIL had also nameed Union of India, chief election commissioner, president/secretary of Congress and chief secretary, Maharashtra home department as respondents.

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