Construction firm registers FIR against Sonia Gandhi in Kerala

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In what is likely to cause an embarrassment to the Congress, a leading construction company on 8 June registered an FIR against party president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders for non-payment of outstanding dues.

According to the initial reports, the FIR was lodged by the Heather Constructions in Kerala.

The dues were not cleared due to an intra-party feud in the Kerala unit of the Congress, as per News18.

The company, Heather Constructions was given the contract to construct Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram.

But soon after the Congress lost power in the recent assembly polls, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) demurred and said that they were not in a position to pay for the project. 

Hence, the case against Gandhi was lodged by Heather Constructions Managing Partner.

In 2005, Gandhi had inaugurated the project. After the company sent a notice for non-payment of funds, she told the KPCC to pay the necessary funds. But till date, according to the company, not one paisa has been paid.

Among others named in the FIR include Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development Studies chairperson Ramesh Chennithala, former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy and Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president VM Sudheeran.