India to prevent future Gandhi auctions: report

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NEW DELHI -— India is preparing legislation to prevent more of Mahatma Gandhi's belongings being auctioned off abroad, after a recent sale sparked outrage, the Press Trust of India reported Sunday.

A senior official at the ministry of culture told the news agency that the government planned to obtain injunctions in advance in European and US courts against possible auctions of Gandhi's possessions.

"We want to pre-empt any auction of Gandhi items in the future by making it known that selling or buying these heritage articles is illegal," the official was quoted as saying.

"No one has the right to do this."

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