The son of the former Indian Prime Minster, Sanjay Gandhi, has appeared in court in Delhi charges connected with corruption case.
The son of the former Indian Prime Minster, Sanjay Gandhi, has appeared in court in Delhi charges connected with corruption case. Scuffles broke out during the hearing, at which Gandhi was granted bail of 10,000 rupees (GBP700).
SYNOPSIS: Mr Gandhi had to appear in court on Friday and Saturday (26-27 August) in connection with two separate cases. In the first case he was accused of improperly influencing the sale of defective purification chemicals to the Delhi waterworks. He was jostled by a large crowd and forced to remove his glasses as he fought his way into court.
Next day there were again large numbers of people at court who were both hostile opponents of Mr Gandhi or strong supporters. On this occasion he faced charges relating to the disappearance of a satirical film about corrupt politicians made during the national emergency proclaimed by his mother.
Charged with him was Mrs Gandhi's former Minister of Information, Vidya Charran Shukla. Another major figure during the emergency, ex-defence minister Bansi Lal, was arrested on Tuesday (23 August).
Several hundred people packed the streets, staircase and corridors leading to the second floor courtroom. Further confusion was caused when lawyers staged a demonstration against the demolition of their chambers during the emergency.
Mr Gandhi stayed calm despite hostile demonstrations, but his lawyer complained that his safety was endangered and applied for his further personal appearance to be excused on the grounds of security.
During the emergency Mr Gandhi was a controversial figure who was closely identified with the sterilization programme. He became unpopular because it was widely believed that he was ordering compulsory sterilisation.