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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:15 am | Updated: 9:04 am, Wed Jul 2, 2014.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has summoned a U.S. diplomat and lodged an official complaint over reports that the U.S. National Security Agency snooped on new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political party in 2010.

External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin says the ministry told the diplomat on Wednesday that, if true, such a transgression against the Indian government, its citizens and entities was highly objectionable.

Media reports based on Edward Snowden's disclosures have alleged that the Obama administration in 2010 sought court authorization to conduct surveillance on the Bharatiya Janata Party and other political outfits. BJP was an opposition party at the time but won India's most recent elections and began governing in May.

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi declined comment.

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