IT raids at multiple premises of Dainik Bhaskar, Opposition targets govt

The Income Tax Department on Thursday conducted raids against the media group Dainik Bhaskar in multiple cities over alleged tax evasion, officials said. The searches are being conducted across several locations in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. No official statement has been issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) yet but […]

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July 22, 2021

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The Income Tax Department on Thursday conducted raids against the media group Dainik Bhaskar in multiple cities over alleged tax evasion, officials said. The searches are being conducted across several locations in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Gujarat.

No official statement has been issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) yet but tax officials confirmed that the searches are underway.

Meanwhile, Bharat Samachar TV, another news channel, said on its official Twitter handle that searches are being conducted at the “house of its Editor-in-chief Brajesh Mishra, state head Virendra Singh, houses of some employees and the channel office.”

Opposition parties have lashed out at the govt for targeting the country’s free press. 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the raids on Dainik Bhaskar a “brutle attempt to stifle democracy.” 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the raids an “attempt to scare the media.” 

Criticising the BJP, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot termed the raids as an effort to “stifle the media.” 

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the media house is “paying the price” for its coverage during the pandemic.

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