A Bihar court on Saturday issued summons to Congress president Sonia Gandhi over controversial posters, allegedly depicting her as Hindu goddess Durga. The posters were put up during the 2007 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The district court in Muzaffarpur, around 80 km from state capital Patna, directed Gandhi to appear before it on July 29.
The court also ordered Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee President Rita Bahuguna and president of the party's Moradabad unit in Uttar Pradesh Ajay Tarkeshwar to appear on the same day.
The Congress is in opposition in the Bihar, where polls are scheduled for later this year.
Additional District and Sessions Judge A.K. Srivastava issued the summons after hearing a complaint filed by an advocate, Sudhir Ojha, who charged Gandhi and the others of “outraging and hurting religious sentiments of Hindus”.
Ojha alleged Bahuguna and Tarkeshwar had displayed the poster at the party’s Moradabad office on June 21, 2007. Ojha filed the case a day later.
The then judicial magistrate rejected the case for want of evidence. The case was re-opened after the complainant moved a revised plea in the district and sessions court.