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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 1.26 AM IST

Row over chairmanship in Kerala Congress: Kattappana court dismisses Jose K Mani’s plea

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KOTTAYAM: The Kattappana sub court, on Friday, dismissed the appeal filed by Jose against the Thodupuzha Munsiff court’s injunction order preventing his appointment as party chairman and power to discharge any duty in that capacity.


With this, P J Joseph got an upper hand in the power struggle as the verdict has endorsed his position that working chairman is the party chairman.

Earlier, Thodupzha Munsiff court had issued an order based on a prayer submitted by Philip Stephen and Manohar Naduviladath, two-state committee members of KC (M) from Idukki owning allegiance to P J Joseph, against the election of Jose K Mani as the party chairman. This election happened in state committee meeting convened by Jose faction members on June 16 but this was later upheld by Idukki court.

Now, the sub-court rejected the petition submitted by Jose, seeking to dismiss the interlocutory application filed along with the original suit that Jose should be restrained from officiating as party chairman.

Jose said he would file an appeal against the order in the High Court. He, at the same time added that the court order would not affect the dispute over the successor of the KC (M) as a decision in this regard would be taken by the Election Commission of India. “The court is considering only the technicality of the organisational election held on June 16. Simultaneously, EC has been considering the dispute and will take a final decision on the matter. EC has all the facts and documents before it,” he said.

Joseph, who welcomed the court order, said Jose and his group can return to the party after admitting his mistakes and correcting them.

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