Allahabad HC’s 1975 verdict disqualifying then PM Indira Gandhi was judgment of great courage: CJI Ramana | India News
The Allahabad HC had annulled the election of Indira Gandhi in 1975 on charges of negligence (File photo)
ALLAHABAD: The 1975 verdict of Allahabad High Court Judge Jagmohanlal Sinha disqualifying then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on charges of electoral malpractice was a “great courage” trial that “shook” the nation, leading to Emergency enforcement, CJI NV Ramana said on Saturday.
The Chief Justice of India (CJI), who along with President Ram Nath Kovind, participated in programs, including the Uttar Pradesh National Law University’s groundbreaking ceremony here and a new building complex of the Allahabad High Court, recalled the rich traditions and contributions of one of the oldest high courts in the country.
“In 1975, it was Allahabad High Court Judge Jagmohanlal Sinha who handed down the sentence that shook the nation by disqualifying Smt. Indira Gandhi. It was a sentence of great courage, arguably the direct result of the declaration of Emergency. The consequences of which I do not want to elaborate now, “said Judge Ramana.
The CJI said that the Allahabad High Court has a history of more than 150 years and its Bar Association has produced some of the greatest legal luminaries in the country.
The verdict of June 12, 1975, delivered by Judge Jagmohanlal Sinha of the Allahabad High Court, had convicted the then Prime Minister of electoral malpractices and prevented her from holding an elected office under the People’s Representatives Act. .
The verdict is believed to have led to the imposition of Emergency on June 25, 1975.
Indira Gandhi had won the 1971 Lok Sabha elections from Rae Bareli’s seat in Uttar Pradesh by defeating her opponent Raj Narain.
The defeated leader had challenged her election by alleging electoral malpractice, saying that Gandhi’s election agent, Yashpal Kapoor, was a government official and that she used government officials for work related to personal elections.