Priyanka Gandhi Vadra denies Rahul adopting her son, sues media outlets

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has served legal notices against a weekly newspaper and some other media organisations which had published that she and her husband were giving their son up for adoption to her brother Rahul Gandhi.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014, 22:58 PM IST
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra denies Rahul adopting her son, sues media outlets

New Delhi: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has served legal notices against a weekly newspaper and some other media organisations which had published that she and her husband were giving their son up for adoption to her brother Rahul Gandhi.

Sources that Gandhi has threatened criminal and civil action for "defaming" her son and she is "determined to pursue legal remedy" against "false allegations and accusations" being made about her family.

The newspaper report had talked about speculation within top Congress circles on whether Rahul Gandhi is adopting his sister's Priyanka's son Rehan so as to enable him to use the Gandhi surname.

Rejecting it as a "malicious work of fiction", Gandhi said in the notice "To allege that a parent would willingly pass his/her child on to someone else as if he were an object devoid of emotion is morbid enough, but to ascribe to it the intention of perpetuating some sort of dynastic political aspiration is even more sickening."

Gandhi has also taken strong objection to the report saying that Rahul Gandhi has been named as her son's guardian in his school admission forms.

Priyanka had recently also strongly denied speculation about her larger role in Congress like her being made an AICC general secretary or UP Congress chief. She had dismissed them as dismissed it as "conjecture" and "baseless rumours".

In May this year, she had written to the SPG chief to withdraw the exemption given to her and her family from normal security checks in the airports, a plea that comes in the wake of reports that government was considering cancellation of such a facility to her husband Robert Vadra.

Earlier also, there have been speculations in media about Priyanka Gandhi.

Off late, it has been noticed that she had been countering those speculations in place of ignoring them like it was in not so distant past. Strongly objecting to the report saying that Rahul Gandhi has been named as her son's guardian in his school admission forms, she described it it as "falsehood" and a "figment of imagination" and said "it would never cross my son's mind to exchange his own surname for any other let alone use it to sign his name school.

She said that to allege that her brother Rahul has been named as her son's 'guardian' in his school admission forms, is "not only a malicious and false statement" but also a "gross invasion" of her son's privacy.

In the legal notice, Priyanka said that this "pernicious falsehood" is clearly aimed at "causing deep offence" to her family and is an "unacceptable aspersion" on her motherhood and on character.

Gandhi said that she is duty-bound to protect her minor son.