New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to Shiv Sena on the plea of a former member seeking registration of his splinter group with the Election Commission as a political party.

A bench of Justice S Muralidhar, who has now fixed the hearing on February 1 next year, issued the notice on an application to implead Shiv Sena as a party to the petition seeking a direction to the Election Commission for recognizing the faction of the Maharashtra-based group headed by Bal Thackeray.

The court issued the notice on the petition of Pawan Kumar Gupta, who was formerly associated with the Shiv Sena, alleging that the election panel wrongly denied the registration of his splinter group as a separate political party in the name of Shiv Sena Hindustan.

Gupta, who claimed himself to be the president of the splinter group, was asked by the High Court to seek impleadment of Shiv Sena in the case after the Election Commission said that no order could be passed behind the back of the affected party.

Punjab-based Gupta and his supporters allegedly broke away from Shiv Sena after it targeted north Indians in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra and approached the election panel for recognition as a separate political party.

The poll panel rejected the plea for grant of recognition in the name of Shiv Sena Hindustan which led to filing of the case in the High Court.

The alleged splinter group claimed that various parties such as Janta Dal, Rashtriya Janta Dal, Janta Dal (United), Janta Dal (Secular) are registered and it can also be granted recognition on similar lines as Shiv Sena Hindustan.