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December 24, 2004 |
Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, whose free-market economic reforms in 1991 launched India's shift from a bankrupt nation hobbled by socialist policies into a regional economic power, has died. He was 83. Rao died Thursday of cardiac arrest at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he was admitted Dec. 9 after complaining of shortness of breath, said Chetan Sharma, his aide.
September 26, 1997 |
Former Indian Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was formally charged with corruption and criminal conspiracy for allegedly bribing lawmakers to win a confidence vote in Parliament four years ago. Rao is the first former Indian prime minister to face criminal charges. If convicted, he could get a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
November 7, 1996 |
A judge granted indefinite bail to former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao after he was formally charged with criminal conspiracy in a 1983 cheating case. Rao, the first former or serving prime minister to face criminal charges, pleaded not guilty to the cheating charge. He has also been charged in two other cases.
May 7, 1997 |
Former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao was charged with bribery for allegedly paying four lawmakers a total of $857,142 four years ago to support his government in a vote of confidence. Rao is the first former Indian prime minister to face criminal charges. Rao and 19 other defendants were ordered to enter pleas at a court hearing May 14. Rao and the others have all denied the charges.
October 11, 1996 |
Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was arrested on forgery charges and immediately released on bail without spending any time in jail, police said. It was the first time any serving or former prime minister has been arrested on criminal charges. Rao was prime minister for five years until his scandal-plagued Congress (I) Party lost elections in May.
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.