Chandigarh, Jan 19 (Agencies): Congress president and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi was on Wednesday issued notice by a local court on a petition filed by a city-based NGO over the issue of price rise.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry issued a notice and fixed April 7 as the next date of hearing in the case.

"The UPA government is directly responsible for the price hike because they are at the helm position in the country. Besides, the common man is getting harassed for the last many months and his right to life has been badly hit by this," petitioner Arvind Thakur, a lawyer and chairman of NGO Global Human Rights Council (GHRC), said.

"The UPA is not doing anything to control this situation," he said.

"We have filed a petition against Sonia Gandhi because her (Congress) party's policies are responsible for this glitch. Taking cognizance of the petition, the court has issued a notice to Sonia," he added.