Mont Blanc has agreed to stop selling the Mahatma Gandhi pens until further orders of the Kerala HC. Santosh Mathew is appearing for the petitioner, while Pravin Anand is appearing for Mont Blanc and Entrac.
Mont Blanc has agreed to stop selling the Mahatma Gandhi Limited Edition pens until further orders of the Kerala High Court. Pravin Anand, Managing Partner of leading IP firm, Anand & Anand submitted to a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court comprising acting Chief Justice P.R. Raman and Justice Ramachandran Nair that the German pen maker has authorised him to undertake that the controversial pens would not be sold until further orders.
The petitioner had filed an application seeking restriction on the sale of the pens till final conclusion of the matter. The Court has now directed Anand to file an affidavit or undertaking within three days and posted the matter to March 1.
In October last year, a Public Interest Litigation was filed in the Kerala High Court against Mont Blanc and its Indian distributor, Entrack International Trading, the Union of India and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, by Dijo Kappen, the managing trustee of the Centre for Consumer Education at Kottayam. Kappen is being represented by Santhosh Mathew [pictured] and Sathish Ninan of Ninan & Mathew Advocates.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, Santhosh Mathew confirmed the order, a copy of which is available here. Lawyers C.A. Majeed, Deepthi Mary Varghese and K.H. Asif are also appearing on behalf of Mont Blanc and Entrack.