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April 13, 1987

Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi appointed Krishna Chandra Pant as India's defense minister to replace Vishwanath Pratap Singh, 55, who resigned under pressure after ordering a controversial investigation into arms deals. Pant, 56, had been minister of steel and mines. Senior members of the Cabinet and Gandhi's Congress-I Party said they urged Singh's replacement after he ordered an inquiry last week into a $23-million commission paid to an agent for buying foreign arms. They accused Singh of trying to embarrass the government and gain power for himself.

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