India party chief cleared of murder conspiracy

December 30, 2014 1:49 PM

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An Indian court dropped charges Tuesday against the president of the Hindu nationalist ruling party, who was accused of ordering the killing of an alleged gangster nearly a decade ago.

The verdict could help lift a cloud over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. The accusations against Amit Shah were seen as politically embarrassing for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which swept to power in May, promising a clean administration and economic revival.

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