The former Prime Minister of India Mrs Indira Gandhi has appeared in a special court to face charge arising from alleged crimes committed during the period of internal emergency while she was in power.
The former Prime Minister of India Mrs Indira Gandhi has appeared in a special court to face charge arising from alleged crimes committed during the period of internal emergency while she was in power. Mrs Gandhi was released on bail on the equivalent of eight hundred and fifty pounds (2,000 dollars).
SYNOPSIS: The special court has been set up in New Delhi, and it was Mrs Gandhi's first appearance there to formally hear the allegations against her. The criminal conspiracy charges carry a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment. The same penalty faces her in a second case in another special court later in August. At this first hearing it's ??? she conspired to use 139 jeeps without payment during the 1977 election campaign.
Convoys of buses brought Mrs Gandhi's supporters to the court, where they shouted that the charges were false. They defied orders banning assemblies in the area, and nearly a thousand of them were arrested.
Mrs Gandhi was still composed when she left after the 20-minute hearing. Her Congress Convention Party lined up behind Mr. Charan Singh, leader of a breakaway faction of the Janata Party, to make him Prime Minister a week earlier. But the cases against Mrs Gandhi are to continue in the special courts. The second set of charges she faces concern the alleged illegal prosecution of four officials who were investigating her son's car project.