Judicial magistrate Jaswinder Singh on Tuesday issued summons to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in response to a city-based lawyer's petition objecting to "inflammatory remarks" passed by Gandhi about natives of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
Local lawyer Arvind Thakur had filed a petition against Gandhi in December 2011, accusing him of hurting sentiments of people belonging to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh by referring to them as 'beggars'. On the petitioner's request, the court on Tuesday issued 'dasti' summons for September 19 (these summons would be served by the petitioner himself to Gandhi).
"We had requested the court to issue 'dasti' summons as the earlier summons, issued about eight times by the court, were returned unserved. Now, we would go to New Delhi ourselves to get these summons served on Gandhi through Patiala House court," Thakur told HT.
Gandhi, while kicking off the Congress' election campaign in Uttar Pradesh from Phulpur (Varanasi) on November 14, 2011, had reportedly said, "People of Uttar Pradesh are appreciated for their hard work wherever they go in search of a job... How long will you beg in Maharashtra (for work)? How long will you work as a labourer in Punjab?"