HC reverses EC order on Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday set aside the Election Commission order that it would not recognise any splinter group and office bearer of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM).

"The mere fact that letters were written to the Election Commission of India (ECI) by rival claimants was not a good enough reason for the ECI to reverse its decision to accept the list of office bearers submitted by the petitioner (Swami Chakrapani)," Justice S Muralidhar said.

Chakrapani, the national president of ABHM, an unrecognised registered political party, had challenged the ECI order, issued on January 14, that it would not recognise anyone as the authorised office bearers of the party.

The ECI order was passed after some alleged party members, opposed to the national president, filed a civil suit seeking to declare as "unconstitutional" the election of Chakrapani and other office bearers, including Indira Tiwari.

The Commission refused to recongnise the list of office bearers, citing the pendency of the case as one of the reasons.

Earlier, Vivek Sharma, counsel for Chakrapani, said "there was no basis for the EC to have reversed its decision to take on record the list of office bearers as submitted.