Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister has made an appearance in the New?
GV Magistrate's Court, New Delhi
SV Pro-Gandhi demonstrators outside court
SV & CU Troops watch as demonstrators chant (2 shots)
SV PAN INTERIOR Mrs. Gandhi and supporters enter courtroom (2 shots)
LV & CU EXTERIOR Demonstrators chanting watched by mounted police (5 shots)
CU PAN INTERIOR Mrs. Gandhi surrounded by supporters walking out of courtroom
LV & SV Crowd surges forward and surrounds Mrs. Gandhi as she leaves courthouse (2 shots)
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Background: Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the former Indian Prime Minister has made an appearance in the New Delhi Magistrate's Court. She was charged with refusing to testify before a government commission, inquiring into the excesses allegedly committed during her twenty-one months of emergency rule.
SYNOPSIS: Security was tight outside the New Delhi Magistrate's Court. Mrs. Gandhi's supporters were there in force and making themselves heard.
Troops were on the alert, but there were no reports of arrests. The opposition Congress Party has had a resurgence of support. And Mrs. Gandhi was returned to parliament last month in a major election victory.
Mrs. Gandhi was swamped by supporters as she entered the court of the Chief Magistrate, P.K. Jain. While Mrs. Gandhi gave her evidence, her supporters kept up a steady chant outside.
Mrs. Gandhi told the court that there had been no outright refusal on her part to give evidence to the Shah Commission, which had investigated allegedly repressive actions during her emergency government.
Mrs. Gandhi claimed that the Shah Commission in her absence had proclaimed her and others guilty. And she claimed that evidence which had not met with the Commission's conclusions had been suppressed and mutilated. Mrs. Gandhi still has to give evidence in a second case where she is accused of refusing to testify.