Indira Gandhi v. Raj Narain – A Critique on the Issue of Air Force dealt by the High Court of Allahabad

M. Akshayaa
Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangaluru
Karnataka, India

Volume I, Issue III, 2018

The historical case of Indira Gandhi v Raj Narain gave rise to unprecedented happenings and ultimately led to declaration of emergency. The bare reading of the case makes it is very evident that the series of events which led to emergency was driven by thirst for power. The case dealt with lot of issues dealing with the violation of provisions of Representation of People Act, 1951. This article does not deal with the issues dealt by the Supreme Court but instead narrows the scope of the article to one of the issues dealt by J Sinha when the case was before the High Court. Thus, this article seeks to go in depth and analyse the issue of whether the procurement of Air Force Planes by her to reach election meetings in furtherance of her election prospects amounted to corrupt practice u/s 123(7) of the Representation of People Act, 1951.


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