Sanjay Gandhi -- the son of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi -- has been jailed for a month by the Supreme Court.
Sanjay Gandhi -- the son of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi -- has been jailed for a month by the Supreme Court. On Friday (5 May) the Court cancelled bail, granted to Mr. Gandhi last year at the Government's request, after hearing evidence that he had tried to tamper with evidence in a case against him.
SYNOPSIS: Sanjay Gandhi emerged as one of India's most powerful political figures during his mother's Emergency Rule in 1975 and 1976. He still has many supporters, even though he has faced an array of lawsuits, investigations and charges since Mrs. Gandhi lost power in last year's elections.
He is currently on trial in a Delhi court for allegedly conspiring to destroy reels of a film on corrupt politicians. It was a satire on Mr. Gandhi's regime and on Sanjay's venture to manufacture a small car.
Mr. Gandhi's wife and his elder brother Rajiv were at court to hear the ruling that his bail be cancelled. The decision followed evidence that he had allegedly abused his liberty by attempting to suborn witnesses. Mr. Gandhi told the court he believed he would be bodily harmed in jail. The Chief Justice expressed surprise and said he assumed India society was civilised. However, the court granted Sanjay's applications for special protection, a separate cell and superior prison facilities. Supporters cheered him as he left with a police escort for Tihar Jail, where several hundred of his mother's political opponents were held during her emergency rule. He was later visited briefly in prison by Mrs. Gandhi who was herself arrested and freed last year on charges of corruption.