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August 5, 2021

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IT department denies making editorial interferences during raids, issues statement

IT division denies making editorial interferences throughout raids, points assertion | Information

The Earnings Tax Division, on Thursday, denied interfering within the editorial technique of media publications throughout raids. In a collection of tweets, the IT division categorically talked about that they weren’t concerned in any type of editorial work with the publications raided by them. Earlier within the day, some workplaces of Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar had been raided by the division.
A search was carried out within the Dainik Bhaskar group workplaces below the Earnings Tax Act over allegations of big tax evasion, authorities sources advised ANI. They stated 32 premises, consisting of residential and enterprise premises unfold over the cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, Korba, Noida, and Ahmedabad have been lined. The sources stated that search is being completed below Part 132 of the Earnings Tax Act.
They stated searches have been carried out after evaluation of the departmental database, “banking enquiries and different discrete enquiries”.
Sure allegations have appeared in some sections of media that ITDept officers had been suggesting adjustments in tales &taking editorial selections throughout their search on workplaces of a sure publication.These allegations are completely false &are categorically denied by ITDept(1/3)
— Earnings Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) July 22, 2021
In line with the Division’s protocol, the Investigation staff solely appeared into the monetary transactions of the group associated to tax evasion.(2/3)
— Earnings Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) July 22, 2021
Shri Om Gaur is predicated in Lucknow as per his interview to media. It’s emphasised that Lucknow workplace of the publication was not searched by the Earnings Tax staff. Sh Om Gaur was not even questioned. The allegations being made haven’t any foundation & in reality appear to be extremely motivated(3/3)
— Earnings Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) July 22, 2021
The problem was raised within the Rajya Sabha. It additionally got here in for broad condemnation from a number of leaders, together with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot and Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal.
“Businesses are doing their very own work and there’s no interference in them,” Union minister Anurag Thakur stated in response to the criticism.
“One ought to take full info and generally many points come up which are removed from reality…,” he stated, replying to a query on the Congress’ allegation that the raids had been meant to throttle the voice of democracy.
Each Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar have been crucial of the COVID-19 administration within the nation and completed quite a few tales highlighting the failings of authorities and the misery of individuals through the second wave of the pandemic.
Giving particulars of the searches, sources stated the premises of Bharat Samachar and its promoters and staffers had been raided in Lucknow.
Bharat Samachar TV stated on its official Twitter deal with that searches are being carried out on the “home of its Editor-in-chief Brajesh Mishra, state head Virendra Singh, homes of some staff and the channel workplace”.
Tax sleuths additionally raided some premises linked to BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Harraiya meeting seat Ajay Singh and his associates. It was, nonetheless, not clear if the raids had been related to the media teams.
In Bhopal, personnel of the Central Reserve Police Power and the Madhya Pradesh police had been seen offering safety to tax officers looking the residential premises of Dainik Bhaskar’s promoters.
The group brings out 65 editions of newspapers and 211 sub-editions in Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi, in accordance with info offered on the web site of its mother or father firm D B Corp Ltd.
It additionally operates 30 radio stations in seven states and has on-line presence with six net portals and 4 cell phone apps.
(With inputs from companies)
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