Former Indian Prime Minister Mrs indira Gandhi was granted bail on Thursday (15 February, 1979) after the pleaded not guilty in south India to a charge of giving a false address last June in an attempt to register as a voter there.
GV & ZOOM Mrs Gandhi on vehicle surrounded by chanting demonstrators. (4 SHOTS)
SV Pro-Gandhi demonstrators mob her vehicle. (4 SHOTS)
SV Anti-Gandhi demonstrators with black flags.
GV Police moving towards demonstrators.
SV Mrs Gandhi being garlanded by supporters.
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Background: Former Indian Prime Minister Mrs indira Gandhi was granted bail on Thursday (15 February, 1979) after the pleaded not guilty in south India to a charge of giving a false address last June in an attempt to register as a voter there. Mrs Gandhi was released on a personal bond of five-thousand rupees (625 dollars U.S.) at the magistrate's court in Doddaballapur, Karnataka State. The former Premier lost her seat in parliament after she was expelled by the lower house and jailed for a week last December. Mrs Gandhi was said last June to be planning to contest a seat in the upper house (Rajya Sabha) from Karnataka State...ruled by her Congress Party...and it was necessary that she be a resident of that state to qualify. Later she fought and won a byelection about 175 kilometres (100 miles) from Doddaballapur.
SYNOPSIS: At least twenty people were injured when supporters and opponents of the former Premier clashed the day before (14 February 1979) in Chikmagalur, south India. The two groups gathered to give her different receptions as she drove through the small coffee-plantation town. The first demonstrators she came across supported her.
She was mobbed by supporters as she entered the town. They disagreed with the country's election commissioner who ruled that Mrs Gandhi's seat in parliament is now vacant.
The Anti-Gandhi faction included supporters of the ruling Janata Party. They carried black flags, which signify severe disrespect in India. The police moved in to try to separate the opposing demonstrators.
The former Premier still commands a large following, but while she was being garlanded by her supporters, elsewhere in the town police were using teargas to prevent opposing factions reaching her.