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.
September 24, 1996 |
The Congress (I) Party, which ran India for much of its independence only to lose power this year, chose Sitaram Kesri, a low-caste confidant of the former prime minister, as its temporary president. Former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao resigned the party leadership after a judge ordered that he be charged with corruption. Kesri is a respected leader of low-caste Hindus in northern India. He has been party treasurer for the last 20 years.
January 18, 1993 |
Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao brought four experienced men into his Cabinet in a major reshaping of his government to tackle one of the country's worst crises. Rao said he has dropped 14 of his ministers, who handed in their resignations en masse a day earlier, but will not say who they are until President Shankar Dayal Sharma accepts the resignations.
August 23, 1991
Reaction to Gorbachev's return varied across Asia. Chinese Foreign Minister Qian Qichen said Beijing respects the Soviet people's choice and believes that with Gorbachev's return, "the good neighborly and friendly relations between China and the Soviet Union will continue to develop." Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu said, "We sincerely welcome restoration of the constitutional order and President Gorbachev's safe return to Moscow." In India, the world's largest democracy, Prime Minister P.
December 28, 1992 |
The Indian government has decided to buy the site of a Muslim mosque destroyed by militant Hindus and build a mosque and a Hindu temple there, an official spokesman said Sunday. The demolition of the mosque in the northern town of Ayodhya by Hindu militants earlier this month triggered a wave of sectarian violence across India. More than 1,100 people died in the violence. The spokesman said that the decision was made at a Cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister P. V.
October 31, 1996 |
Former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao was indicted in a vote-buying case hours after he appeared in a heavily guarded makeshift trial court on criminal forgery charges. The Central Bureau of Investigation said it charged Rao with conspiring to pay legislators from a regional party $100,000 to vote against a 1993 no-confidence motion, which Rao's Congress (I) Party narrowly won. Charges were also filed against two other Congress Party members.