Thiruvananthapuram: A construction firm in Kerala has filed a civil suit against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and a few other party leaders in a court here over alleged non-payment of dues. Babu Raj, counsel for the petitioner, a local construction company said today that Sonia Gandhi is the first respondent in the suit filed recently.

Sonia Gandhi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi

The petitioner sought clearance of dues of Rs 2.8 crore in the construction of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Development studies complex at Neyyar.

KPCC President V M Sudheeran, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, former KPCC President and present Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala and Institute Director Hidur Muahammad are the other respondents in the case, Baburaj said.

The complex, constructed by the KPCC, was inaugurated by Sonia Gandhi in 2013. The petitioner alleged that KPCC was yet to settle the pending amount of Rs 2.8 crore.

When contacted, Chennithala said the pending amount will be cleared soon and the matter will be settled outside the court.

There was some confusion over some of the bills raised, he said, adding, 'we will settle it.' While Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the suit was an 'unwarranted and shoddy' attempt to malign the Congress president's image.