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July 25, 2021

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I-T dept raids Dainik Bhaskar, Bharat Samachar offices in tax evasion case

I-T dept raids Dainik Bhaskar, Bharat Samachar places of work in tax evasion case | Information

New Delhi: The Revenue Tax Division on Thursday performed multi-city raids towards two distinguished media teams — Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar — on expenses of tax evasion, official sources mentioned.
The searches towards Dainik Bhaskar are being performed in Bhopal, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Noida and another places within the nation.
The premises of the Uttar Pradesh-based information channel Bharat Samachar and its promoters and staffers had been raided in Lucknow, they mentioned.
There was no official phrase from the Revenue Tax Division or its policy-making physique, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), on the raids.
Tax sleuths additionally raided some premises linked to BJP MLA from UP’s Harraiya meeting seat in Basti district Ajay Singh and his associates. It was, nevertheless, not instantly clear if the raids on the legislator and the media teams had been related.
Sources mentioned the motion towards the Dainik Bhaskar group included searches on the residential premises of its promoters in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal.
Personnel of the Central Reserve Police Pressure (CRPF) and Madhya Pradesh Police had been seen offering safety to the tax officers in Bhopal.
The 2 media teams have been vital of the COVID-19 administration within the nation and have completed quite a few tales highlighting failings of authorities and other people’s misery throughout the second wave of the pandemic that peaked in India in April-Could.
The Dainik Bhaskar group has presence throughout 12 states of the nation and brings out 65 editions and 211 sub-editions in Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi, based on info offered on the web site of its father or mother firm D B Corp Ltd.
It additionally operates 30 radio stations in seven states and has on-line presence with six internet portals and 4 cell phone apps.
The Bharat Samachar TV mentioned on its official Twitter deal with that searches are being performed on the “home of its Editor-in-chief Brajesh Mishra, state head Virendra Singh, homes of some staff and the channel workplace.”
Dainik Bhaskar later posted a message on its web site saying earnings tax groups raided its places of work in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
It mentioned the federal government raids have come towards it because it put out the “true image of the federal government’s inefficiency earlier than the nation throughout the second wave of COVID-19.”
It mentioned the raids had been carried out at residences of many staffers, they seized the cell phones of these current within the places of work they usually weren’t being allowed to exit.
“Officers concerned within the raids mentioned this was a part of the method and they are going to be launched after panchmana proceedings are completed,” it mentioned.
It mentioned the digital group engaged on the evening shift was launched at 12:30 pm.
It mentioned the tax groups had no girls members because it raided its Bhopal and Ahmedabad digital wing places of work the place feminine staffers had been current.
Senior earnings tax officers within the group haven’t clarified the explanation for these searches until now, it mentioned.
Congress chief and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh mentioned on Twitter that tax officers “are current” at at half-a-dozen premises of the Dainik Bhaskar group, together with at its workplace on the Press Advanced in Bhopal.
Reacting to the raids, Aam Aadmi Occasion chief and Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal mentioned they’re an “try and scare the media.”
“Their message is obvious that whoever will communicate towards the BJP authorities, they won’t be spared. Such pondering could be very harmful. Everybody ought to increase their voice towards this,” he mentioned in a tweet.
“These raids needs to be stopped instantly and the media needs to be allowed to work freely,” he added.
Congress chief and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot mentioned the raids “on Dainik Bhaskar newspaper & Bharat Samachar information channel is a brazen try and suppress the voice of media.”
“Modi authorities can’t tolerate even an iota of its criticism. On account of its fascist mentality, the BJP would not need to see the reality in a democratic setup,” he tweeted.

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