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India forces out radio topper

CEO Gill ousted by Prexy Narayanan

NEW DELHI — Indian President K.R. Narayanan issued an ordinance Saturday removing S.S. Gill, the state-run radio’s CEO, from office. He will be replaced on an interim basis by O.P. Kejriwal until a new CEO is selected.

Gill said he would challenge the ordinance in court while stating that he would not tender his resignation.

The Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government has been keen to remove Gill for the past six months. Gill, a former secretary of information and broadcasting, was appointed by the previous Janata Dal government.

He had also served as a publicity coordinator for the Janata Dal party.

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