INDIA: Closer to Indira

A minister in the dock

Since Indira Gandhi launched what she hopes will be a political comeback three weeks ago (TIME, Aug. 15), official probes of corruption in her fallen regime have been reaching ever deeper into her inner circle—and ever closer to the former Prime Minister herself. First came the news that four top advisers had been jailed on charges of embezzling $7 million from her Congress Party's campaign funds. Then last week the investigators landed their biggest catch so far: ex-Defense Minister Bansi Lal, 49, who was arrested on charges of misappropriating $60,000 from the party's youth wing.

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