President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sued main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu afterthe latter accused the president of having links to Turkey’s Gülen group.

Mr. Erdoğan demands 500,000 Turkish Liras in compensation.

Hüseyin Aydı, a lawyer representing the president, has filed a complaint at the Ankara Civil Court based on Kılıçdaroğlu’s April 3 speech which, he claimed, “aim to assault and violate personal rights.”

Kılıçdaroğlu accused Erdoğan of being “the prominent name in the political links of the Gülen group” at the CHP’s weekly parliamentary group meeting on April 3.

“The number one actor of the political leg is the individual who occupies the presidential chair at the palace. The name of that individual is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” he said.