INDIA: Justice for Indira

To the delight of her fervent followers, five justices of the Supreme Court of India last week ruled that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was innocent. In separate but concurring opinions, the judges upheld the legality of the 1975 election-law amendment—passed retroactively by India's rubber-stamp Parliament after opposition members either were arrested or walked out—that changed the statutes under which Mrs. Gandhi had been found guilty of corrupt campaign practices. In essence, the ruling reversed the June Allahabad high court decision that would have barred her from holding elective office for six years.

The Allahabad decision had triggered a mounting protest campaign...

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