Kottayam: In a big blow to Jose K. Mani, leader of Kerala Congress (M) and son of founder K. M. Mani, the court declared that Jose K. Mani is not the Chairman of the party. The stay which was sought against the appointment of Jose K. Mani as Chairman would be remain.
Thus the stay earned by the Kerala Congress (M) Working Chairman P. J. Joseph against the appointment of Jose K. Mani as the new Chairman would remain as it is.
The verdict comes from the Sessions Court after Jose K. Mani appealed against the decision of the Munsif Court. The Munsif Court will continue the hearings on 22 November, in the case, to give the final verdict.
Jose K. Mani and party veteran P. J. Joseph are at loggerheads since the death of party Chairman K. M. Mani. Joseph became the Working Chairman and did not want to concede his position to the son K. M. Mani.
During the month of June, Jose K. Mani, conveyed a State Committee. 312 committee members out of a total of 437 members attended the meeting and elected Jose K. Mani as the new Chairman. However, Joseph faction held on to technical grounds to say that his appointment is void.
The reason Joseph said was that Jose K. Mani faction failed to give notice of the committee meeting 10 days prior. Joseph approached the Munsif Court to get a stay on the appointment of Jose K. Mani as the Chairman of the party.