In India, the former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi was expelled from Parliament and arrested on Tuesday (19 December) for a breach of privilege and contempt of the lower house three years ago during her government under the state of emergency.
GV Parliament building in Delhi.
GV Mrs Indira Gandhi out of car and posing photographers before entering parliament.
GV PAN Riot police behind barricaded with chants of "Mrs Gandhi".
GV Pro-Gandhi demonstrators marching through streets.
GV Demonstrators attacking police cordon.
GV Gas grenades thrown by police into crowd. (6 SHOTS)
GV & SV Police vehicles surrounded by barricades arrested demonstrators inside vehicle.
GV Police bus with smashed window screens with arrested.
GV Parliament house.
SCU Mrs Gandhi waves to crowd as she leaves.
GV Crowds outside Parliament building as ministers leave after debate. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: In India, the former Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi was expelled from Parliament and arrested on Tuesday (19 December) for a breach of privilege and contempt of the lower house three years ago during her government under the state of emergency.
SYNOPSIS: The Parliamentary debate began on Monday (18 December) and the lower house discussed what punishment Mrs Gandhi should receive for the offences judged by the house privileges committee. She had been found guilty of harassing officials trying to gain information for Parliament in 1975 about her sone Sanjay's abortive project to manufacture small cars. The scheme involved the installation of imported machinery in violation of its licence. The heated debate inside the Parliament was reflected in the streets outside with demonstrators chanting "Long live Indira" and attempting to breach the barricades erected by the riot police.
During the pro-Gandhi demonstration, police arrested more than five hundred people for breaking a law banning ralliers near the home of the Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai. Six policemen were injured by stones hurled by the demonstrators. When presenting the motion for Mrs Gandhi expulsion from Parliament Mr. Desai had stressed that his ruling Janata Party had not been carrying out a political vendetta against the former Prime Minster. Mrs Gandhi had led the Congress party and held her position as Prime Minster for eleven years before a General Election defeat last year. She then broke away from the official Congress Party and formed her own political party.
Mrs Gandhi returned to Parliament last month after winning a by-election in the remote south Indian constituency of Chikmagalur. Following the lower house's ruling, she will be unable to take up her seat and faces a jail sentence. Her imprisonment could last anything from four years to several weeks depending upon when the lower house, which is scheduled to adjourn on Friday (22 December), is prorogues. During the noisy four-hour debate, opposition and Janata members hurled abuse at each other. Most of the opposition were solidly behind Mrs Gandhi but the vote finally went to two hundred and seventy nine to one hundred and thirty eight in favour of the motion.