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Kanimozhi, the daughter of the regional Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party's head and herself a lawmaker, was summoned to appear on May 6, along with Sarath Kumar of Kalaignar TV Channel, owned by the DMK, and Karim Morani of Cineyug.

All three have been charged with handling bribes in a telecoms licensing scandal that a state auditor said may have deprived the government of $39 billion in potential revenue.

Months of corruption scandals have battered the Congress party-led government, stymied its agenda for economic reforms and fed a sense of regulatory uncertainty in the world's fastest growing mobile phone market.

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