14 Feb 2023

I-T Raids On BBC Offices In Delhi, Mumbai; Cong Calls It Undeclared Emergency

New Delhi/Mumbai: The Income Tax Department on Tuesday conducted a survey operation at the BBC's offices in Delhi and Mumbai as part of an investigation into alleged tax evasion. According to the information, BBC's office is on the fifth and sixth floor of HT Tower in KG Marg area of Delhi.

Here a team of 24 IT members raided. Sources said that during the action the phones of the staff have been switched off and all have been asked to sit in the meeting room.

BBC is accused of irregularities in International Tax

According to sources in the Income Tax Department, BBC is accused of irregularities in International Tax. Survey is being done regarding this. However, no official information has been given by the Income Tax Department or BBC regarding this raid.

The synchronized surprise action began at 11 am with I-T officials reaching the BBC offices in Delhi and in Mumbai.

The department is looking at documents related to the business operations of the London-headquartered public broadcaster and its Indian arm, they said.

Onlookers and media crews gathered outside the BBC office

The investigation is linked to international taxation issues of BBC subsidiary companies, sources indicated.

As the news spread, onlookers and media crews were seen outside the BBC office in Delhi and Mumbai. As part of a survey, the Income Tax Department only covers the business premises of a company and does not raid residences and other locations of its promoters or directors.

Raids come weeks after airing of documentary on Modi

The raid comes weeks after the broadcaster aired a two-part documentary, "India: The Modi Question".

This comes a week after India blocked a BBC documentary that examines Prime Minister Narendra Modi's role during 2002 anti-Muslim riots and banned people from sharing it online, authorities were scrambling to halt screenings of the program at colleges and restrict clips of it on social media. , a move that has been decried by critics as an assault on press freedom.The action, it is learned, was initiated by the director general of the Income Tax Department in Mumbai across three premises.

Congress said – undeclared emergency

Congress has linked the action on BBC offices to its documentary on PM Modi. The party has tweeted and called it an undeclared emergency. The party wrote in its tweet – First BBC documentary came, it was banned. Now IT has raided BBC. undeclared emergency.

BBC propaganda and Congress' agenda go together: BJP

On the other hand, the BJP says at a press meet that BBC is the 'most corrupt' corporation in the world; its propaganda and Congress' agenda go together,

On the Congress party's criticism of the IT survey operation at the BBC offices, the BJP said that the Congress should remember former prime minister Indira Gandhi had banned BBC.

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