May 15, 2001 |
Former Indian film star Jayaram Jayalalitha took office as chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu despite being convicted of corruption. Last year, Jayalalitha, 53, was found guilty of misuse of office and graft during her 1991-96 term as chief minister. She was sentenced to two prison terms. That led to her disqualification in legislative assembly elections last week, but her party won 197 of the 234 seats.
March 17, 2001 |
Promising to "clean up the dirt," Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee announced an inquiry into a bribery scandal that has cost him two Cabinet ministers and spurred calls for his government to resign. Vajpayee said the inquiry, led by a sitting or retired judge, would probe the allegations raised this week by journalists who used hidden cameras and cash to expose corruption in India's arms procurement system.
March 16, 2001 |
Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes resigned as a corruption scandal involving a fake arms deal secretly filmed by journalists shook the government. Fernandes said the allegations against him were "completely false" and suggested that they had been made in order to undermine national security and morale. The scandal erupted this week when the Tehelka.
October 1, 2000 |
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee added six members to his Cabinet on Saturday, including one of India's most popular female politicians, just before two other ministers resigned to protest a hike in oil prices. Mamata Banerjee, the federal minister for railways, announced her resignation in the eastern city of Calcutta along with her Trinamul Congress party colleague Ajit Kumar Panja, the junior foreign affairs minister, United News of India reported.
September 30, 2000 |
A special court convicted former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao in a vote-buying case, dealing another blow to the onetime political giant who quit in disgrace as head of the Congress Party in 1996. Buta Singh, Rao's home minister, also was convicted, the United News of India reported. Nine others were acquitted. Rao was found guilty of criminal conspiracy and bribery.
February 28, 2000 |
Separatist rebels killed a state government minister and four others with a remote-controlled land mine Sunday in Assam state, police said. Six others were killed in gun battles with rebels in the remote northeastern state, authorities said. The mine was triggered as Assam state Public Works Minister Nagen Sharma's car reached a village in Nalbari district west of Guwahati, Assam's capital.