November 3, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Case Against Indira

November 3, 1978, Forty Years Ago: Case Against Indira

Front page of The Indian Express on November 3, 1978

Front page of The Indian Express on November 3, 1978.

The Doddaballapur judicial magistrate ordered a case to be filed against Indira Gandhi for allegedly furnishing false information before the Doddaballapur electoral registration’ officer. He also ordered that the summons be issued for her personal appearance in court on November 27. The magistrate issued the orders on a complaint by A Neelakantaiah, taluk Janata Party president, against Mrs Gandhi and A L Jalappa, president of the Karnataka State Land Development Corporation.

Divide In Congress

The steering committee for the convention of Congressmen opposed to the Congress Parliamentary Board’s decision on the Chikmagalur byelection finalised the draft of a statement of intent spelling out its objectives. The statement will be formally adopted by the preparatory committee for the convention meeting. The convention is being organised by a section of the party which feels bitterly aggrieved with the high command resolution indirectly supporting Mrs Indira Gandhi in the Chikmagalur byelection. The steering committee includes members of the CWC and office bearers of its parliamentary party. The draft includes a scathing criticism of the leadership for its inept handling of party affairs, lack of perspective and failure to maintain its separate identity.

PM On China

Prime Minister Morarji Desai said in Tezpur that India wanted to maintain good relations with China. “But before that we must get back our occupied land. Only then would the friendship develop,” he added.

Gesture In Iran

In a move to stem the growing political unrest, strikes and violent demonstrations throughout Iran, Prime Minister Jaafar Sharif-Emam’s government announced that all political prisoners would be released December 10.