Chandigarh court issues summons to Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, son of chief of India's ruling Congress party Sonia Gandhi, attends an election campaign rally at Bhatinda in the northern Indian state of Punjab April 14, 2009. Gandhi, scion of India's most powerful political dynasty and touted as a future prime minister, hit the campaign trail on Tuesday with a populist message to boost the Congress party's efforts to regain power. The 38-year-old Gandhi, whose father, grandmother and great grandfather were all prime ministers, is not the party's main candidate but he has become a key tool of Congress to win over youth as well as millions of poor villagers. REUTERS/Vijay Mathur (INDIA POLITICS ELECTIONS)Chandigarh : A court here Tuesday issued summons to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a 21-month-old case of allegedly hurting religious sentiments of a section of people and asked him to appear before it Sep 19.

The summons will be issued to Gandhi by hand. Summons issued by the court earlier to Gandhi had remained unserved on eight occasions.

The case was filed by lawyer-activist Arvind Thakur against Gandhi in December 2011 for his speech in an election rally in Uttar Pradesh in which he allegedly made certain references to people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar going to other states to work and beg.

Gandhi, in his speech Nov 14, 2011, asked people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar about how long they would go to Maharashtra and Punjab to beg and for work.

Thakur, in his petition, claimed that Gandhi hurt the sentiments of people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar working in these states.