Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday served legal notices to The Sunday Guardian and other publications for stating that she and her husband were giving their son up for adoption to her brother Rahul Gandhi.
She has threatened criminal and civil action against the publications for “defaming and damaging” her minor son Rehan, whom she feels “duty bound to protect”.
In its July 20 report, The Sunday Guardian had claimed that Priyanka and her husband were giving their son up for adoption to Rahul to enable him to use the Gandhi surname.
“To allege that a parent would willingly pass his/her child on to someone else as if he were an object devoid of emotion is morbid enough, but to ascribe to it the intention of perpetuating some sort of dynastic political aspiration is even more sickening. This pernicious falsehood is clearly aimed at causing deep offence to my family and is an unacceptable aspersion on my motherhood and on my character,” the notice read.
When contacted, an official from The Sunday Guardian, requesting anonymity, said they were “not aware of any such statement” by Priyanka “more than two months after the publication of the article”. Congress sources said Priyanka, who earlier chose to ignore attacks on her family members, has now decided to take head on any such attempts.
Last month, Priyanka had dismissed reports suggesting that she would take up an important post in the Congress party.