The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a public interest litigation petition to restrain 26 opposition political parties from using the acronym I.N.D.I.A (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) for their alliance.

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Sudhanshu Dhulia said that plea was filed for ‘publicity’, following which petitioner Rohit Kheriwal chose to withdraw the same.

Twenty-six opposition parties led by Congress had last month announced their decision to unite and contest against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha polls which will be held next year.

They had also announced that they will contest under the name of I.N.D.I.A which is short for Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance

Interestingly, the Delhi High Court had, on August 4, issued notice to 26 opposition political parties and the Election Commission of India on a similar PIL to restrain opposition parties from using the acronym I.N.D.I.A.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Amit Mahajan of the High Court had sought the response of the political parties and the poll body to the petition filed by activist Girish Bharadwaj who said that the use of name INDIA is prohibited under Sections 2 and 3 of The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1950.

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