Fifteen days before the start of Ganeshotsav,the Bombay High Court rejected on Tuesday the claim of Lalbaug Sarvajanik Utsav Mandal (Ganesh Galli) to the title Mumbaicha Raja. The interim order was issued by Justice B R Gavai.
The mandal had claimed the title belonged to it,not to Gorai resident Kishor Sharma. He runs a website by the name and organises a contest to crown a mandal in the city Mumbaicha Raja. He said he had been using the title since 2008.
The mandal,on the other hand,said it had been using the name since 2004 and had launched several initiatives,such as distributing prasad packets,using it. It said its volunteers wore T-shirts with Mumbaicha Raja printed on them.
The mandal registered in 1928 claimed it learnt in 2011 that Sharma had applied for the trademark,and objected.
But the title was still granted to the Gorai man.
Sharma countered,with his lawyer Vinod Bhagat pointing to press releases issued by the mandal in 2010 that it would henceforth use the title Mumbaicha Raja.