India’s main opposition party stepped up pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to resign, with protests outside his home after he sought to end a political crisis by firing two ministers over graft allegations.
Former Indian telecommunications minister Andimuthu Raja, the central figure in an allegedly corrupt sale of phone licenses that crippled the government, was granted bail after spending 15 months in prison.
India’s telecommunications minister Andimuthu Raja resigned after a year-long investigation into the multibillion-dollar auction of mobile-phone airwaves stalled parliament and triggered opposition calls for him to step down.
Indian investigators said they found “incriminating” documents as they searched the homes of former telecommunications minister Andimuthu Raja and other officials in a deepening probe into a sale of airwave licenses.
Indian investigators questioned Andimuthu Raja, the former telecommunications minister, for a second day as part of a probe into the allocation of mobile- phone airwaves, Press Trust of India reported.
India’s federal investigators searched homes of former telecommunications minister Andimuthu Raja in New Delhi and Chennai, R.K. Gaur, press information officer of the Central Bureau of Investigation, said in a telephone interview from New Delhi today.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will today seek to mend a rift with his biggest ally after it vowed to quit the ruling coalition over policy on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, undermining the minority administration.
The largest ally in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition withdrew support over the government’s approach to alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, while signaling that a patch-up was possible if its demands were met.