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November 16, 1987

India's government began legal action to try to take over the office of a national newspaper that has been sharply critical of the administration of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The government said it told Indian Express, one of the country's largest newspapers, that it will file suit to take possession of the company's New Delhi headquarters because of violations of its lease. Express officials condemned the move as part of an official campaign against the newspaper. In March, the Express obtained and published a letter by then-President Zail Singh that was sharply critical of Gandhi.

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