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SP threatens to go to court on Sonia's assets

The SP outburst comes a day after SC directed UP CM and his family to explain their sources of income.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 21:57 IST

Accusing Congress President Sonia Gandhi of targeting UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party on Friday threatened to approach court seeking details of assets owned by her and son Rahul Gandhi.

"We will go to court....And ask it to ascertain how Sonia Gandhi, Rahul and other members of the family are living lavishly while officially declaring meagre sources of income," SP General Secretary Amar Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

The SP outburst comes a day after Supreme Court directed the UP Chief Minister and his family to explain their sources of income.

Charging Gandhi with indulging in 'politics of vendetta' against the SP and its supporters, he claimed party sympathisers like Amitabh Bachchan had also been targeted as part of this campaign.

Singh contended that Vishwanath Chaturvedi, whom S.P regards as Congress "activist," had moved a public interest litigation against Yadav in the apex court at the behest of Gandhi.

Chaturvedi had been put up in Haryana Bhavan as a guest of Haryana Chief Minister and Union Minister Kapil Sibal, he alleged. Sibal was also giving legal advice to Chaturvedi on the direction of Gandhi, Singh claimed.

Claiming that the UP Chief Minister has been regularly filing his income tax returns and he showed the same to the Election Commision while contesting polls, Singh wondered how Gandhi, who had claimed in her affidavit that she had Rs 20,000 in bank account and does not have a car, was living so lavishly and travelling inside and outside the country.

First Published: Jun 09, 2006 21:57 IST