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Governor Fired Over Arrests of Politicians

July 02, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

India's government said authorities in the southern state of Tamil Nadu violated the constitution and acted in revenge when they jailed a powerful politician, his son, two federal ministers and hundreds of local politicians in a bribery scandal.

State opposition leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 77, was dragged from his bed, slapped and pushed by police during a Saturday raid on his home in Madras, the state capital. Hours later, Karunanidhi's son and hundreds of local leaders were jailed.

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Sunday fired the state's figurehead governor, Fathima Beevi, United News of India reported.

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