At this time the Prince of Wales was
coming to India. The government had planned a grand welcome to him. The
Congress declared a boycott of all the functions in connection with his
visit. Both the father and the son carried on a campaign in favor of the
boycott. It was a great success. The government was furious that of all
people Motilal who had been once invited by the British Government as an
honoured guest should take such a stand. Several charges were leveled against
both the father and the son. They were kept under house arrest. When they
neither yielded nor sought a compromise the government finally arrested
them. The officer who came to serve the arrest warrant grew nervous and
began stammering. The trial was just a farce. Neither of them took any
interest in it.
During the trial Motilal was fondling
his granddaughter Indira in his arms. Both the
father and the son were sentenced
to six months' imprisonment, and ordered to pay a fine of a hundred rupees
each. Carpets and other articles worth thousands of rupees were taken away
from Anand Bhavan because Motilal and Jawaharlal were sent to Lucknow jail.
Motilal had once been arguing that
India should enjoy dominion status within the British Empire. The same
British Government had taken away his personal freedom. When Motilal had
to attend the Emperor's court in Delhi, he had got his clothes and footwear
from England, now the same man went to jail with his son as a freedom fighter.