Antony Chacko, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the Kerala State Road Transportation Corporation (KSRTC), has written a letter to Sujith Bhakthan, the founder of the website, ksrtcblog.com for “Unauthorised usage of trademark KSRTC”. The key demands made in the letter are; to refrain from hosting contents derogatory to KSRTC in his website, to remove all the contents in the domain ksrtcblog.com and to refrain from using the mark KSRTC through the said domain or in any other manner.
Sujith started the blog in 2008 to provide information about KSRTC and its services. Since then its growth has been immense. The term ‘Aanavandi’ referring to KSRTC buses has been coined by this blogger. When TP Senkumar IPS was serving as the CMD of the KSRTC, Sujith approached him for permission to enter the KSRTC depots across the State and click pictures.
Sujith vividly remembers the initial days and the struggle to get information and pictures. He says, “There was no information available on KSRTC and the then existing website was pathetic. Senkumar Sir was happy to grant us the permission and told his officers that, we (bloggers) were doing only what they were supposed to do. We sought for the renewal of the permission once and it was denied, we left it there. For the last two years, I have had no contact with the KSRTC officials, except for filing RTI applications.”