Gujarat HC junks 29-year-old plea saying Indira’s murder was ‘suicide’

The Gujarat high court has dismissed a plea filed in 1986 which had sought to declare former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination by two of her security guards as a ‘well-arranged suicide’ to facilitate her son Rajiv Gandhi to become Prime Minister.

The plea was filed 29 years ago but it came up for hearing for the first time yesterday and the high court immediately rejected it.

“The prayer of the petitioner is to declare that Mrs Indira Gandhi committed suicide, which cannot be granted. The petition is accordingly dismissed,” a two-judge bench headed by acting Chief Justice V M Sahai observed.

“No one has put in appearance to press this petition,” the bench noted.

The plea alleged that the first woman Prime Minister of the country had “committed suicide through arranged murder to give power to her son Rajiv Gandhi as hereditary successor and the elections of 1984 were based on national sacrifice made by India Gandhi.”

The high court dismissed the plea filed by Navnitlal Shah, as party-in-person in the stage of admission after around 29 years.