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Opposition demands probe over Indian PM bribery accusations

Leading Indian opposition figure Rahul Gandhi has demanded an investigation into allegations that two Indian conglomerates paid millions of rupees as bribes to prime minister Narendra Modi in 2013-14 when he was governing a western state.

Mr Gandhi, the Congress Party vice president and scion of India's Nehru-Gandhi family, said the allegations were found in diary notes and computer records of the Sahara Group and the Birla Group, and are in the possession of income tax authorities.

Mr Gandhi asked a party meeting in Gujarat state: "Why these accusations are not being probed?"

Mr Modi was the state's top elected official before he became prime minister in May 2014.

GVL Narsimha Rao, a spokesman for Mr Modi's party, dismissed Mr Gandhi's accusations as baseless and asked him to file a criminal case against prime minister.

AP

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