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World Briefing / India

Charges ordered for Nehru kin

March 18, 2009|FROM TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Authorities ordered criminal charges filed against the great-grandson of India's first prime minister after footage emerged of him comparing a rival Muslim politician to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and threatening to cut the throats of Muslims during a political rally.

Varun Gandhi, 29, a descendant of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, a founding father of India's secular democracy, denied making the comments. Gandhi said the footage had been tampered with.

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