Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 8: 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. 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, 30 km from here. 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. Also Read: Fodder scam files: BJP slams partners in crime Lalu, Nitish KumarAlso Read - Tamil Nadu Steps up Covid Screening of Passengers Arriving From Kerala During Festival Holidays

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. Asked for his reaction to the filing of the suit, 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.” Also Read - Gandhi-Savarkar Row: Don't Think Mahatma Gandhi is Father of Nation, Says Veer Savarkar's Grandson | WATCH

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the suit was an “unwarranted and shoddy” attempt to involve the Congress President. Noting that there is an ongoing dispute between engineers who built the institute and contractor who executed the work, Surjewala said the contractor had filed a civil suit. “The issue has been almost sorted out. Within 24 hours, KPCC leaders Chennithala, VM Sudheeran and all parties will sit together and settle the issue. There is neither any criminality involved nor any default of payment,” he added. Also Read - Register Online For Sabarimala Temple Darshan | Here's How to Book Virtual Q Ticket on