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Narasimha Rao’s In The Dock, Finally

After managing to stall for so long, the former PM makes a courtroom appearance in the St Kitts forgery case. Coming up next: the Lakhubhai Pathak cheating and JMM payoff cases

WHITE was the dominant colour as one of the darkest moments in contemporary Indian polity—the sight of the 10th prime minister appearing to plead for bail in a forgery case—unfolded at 9.49 am on October 30 at the Vigyan Bhavan annexe in New Delhi. From the heavily-bulletproofed Ambassador which ferried P.V. Narasimha Rao from his residence to the angavastram in which Rao was attired, everything was white.

 Rao was quickly surrounded by a posse of SPG commandos as cameras went into a flurry of action around him. As he strode in—head bowed, pout in place—to the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Prem Kumar and occupied a corner chair to hear the fate of his bail plea in the St Kitts case, it was clear the curtains had gone up on one of the most extraordinary scenes in the history of Indian jurisprudence.

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