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Plea for filing FIR against Sonia rejected

A LOCAL court on Tuesday turned down as ?baseless? the petition of a lawyer seeking registration of an FIR against the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi and others in connection with the alleged tapping of phones of the Samajwadi Party leaders.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 00:46 IST
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A LOCAL court on Tuesday turned down as ‘baseless’ the petition of a lawyer seeking registration of an FIR against the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi and others in connection with the alleged tapping of phones of the Samajwadi Party leaders.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Dharma Raj Mishra in his order said that the statement of the applicant seemed to be ‘borne out of political vengeance’ and dismissed it as ‘baseless’.

“There is no material on record in support of the allegations,” the Chief Judicial Magistrate observed in his order.

The court on Monday reserved its orders after hearing the applicant’s counsel.

The lawyer Ashok Pandey had in his petition referred to the allegations of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh to the media that their telephones were tapped at the behest of Sonia Gandhi and her close aides.

The charge has been denied by the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance Government.

First Published: Jan 25, 2006 00:46 IST