India to probe spying allegations involving PM candidate Modi
NEW DELHI (AFP) - The Indian government on Thursday launched a probe into allegations that a former close confidant of opposition prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had ordered police illegally to spy on a woman.
The move to investigate the alleged 2009 surveillance just months before general elections provoked outrage from Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which slammed the probe as a "witch hunt".
"The Cabinet has approved a proposal to set up a Commission of Inquiry .. to look into the incidents of physical/electronic surveillance in the states of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, allegedly without authorization," a government statement said.
Mr Modi, the chief minister of western Gujarat state since 2001 and now a prime ministerial candidate, is leading in opinion polls ahead of the ruling Congress party just months before elections due by May.