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Rahul Gandhi accuses India's PM Modi of being paid bribes

  • India's opposition Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Mehsana, about 70 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. 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 the western Indian state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

    India's opposition Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi addresses a rally in Mehsana, about 70 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. 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 the western Indian state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of India's opposition Congress party attend a rally addressed by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Mehsana, about 70 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. 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 the western Indian state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

    Supporters of India's opposition Congress party attend a rally addressed by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Mehsana, about 70 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. 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 the western Indian state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)  (The Associated Press)

  • India's opposition Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, center in white, meets supporters during a rally in Mehsana, about 70 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. 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 the western Indian state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

    India's opposition Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, center in white, meets supporters during a rally in Mehsana, about 70 kilometers north of Ahmadabad, India, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. 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 the western Indian state of Gujarat. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)  (The Associated Press)

Leading 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.

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

"Why these accusations are not being probed?" Gandhi asked Wednesday at a party meeting in Gujarat state. Modi was the state's top elected official before he became prime minister in May 2014.

G. V. L. Narsimha Rao, a spokesman for Modi's party, dismissed Gandhi's accusations as baseless and asked him to file a criminal case against Modi.