SC to examine whether probe into Constitutional validity of Emergency is feasible after 45 years
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The Emergency period in India is considered by many to be a dark time in the history of the country. The 21-month period from 1975 to 1977 saw human rights violations, arrests, suspended elections and more. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had bestowed extraordinary powers upon herself, and the Emergency period saw a massive crackdown on political opposition and dissent.

Now, the Supreme Court has said that it will examine whether it is feasible to test the validity of proclamation of Emergency after lapse of 45 years.

Till date, it remains one of the most controversial periods in modern Indian history, and many contend that the Emergency was the "darkest period" in independent India's history.

"On this day, 45 years ago one family’s greed for power led to the imposition of the Emergency. Overnight the nation was turned into a prison. The press, courts, free speech...all were trampled over. Atrocities were committed on the poor and downtrodden," Home Minister Amit Shah had tweeted earlier this year.

Further details awaited.

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