Media group Dainik Bhaskar and an Uttar Pradesh-based information channel had been raided by Income Tax groups in a number of cities this morning over allegations of tax evasion. As the raids on media retailers essential to the federal government spurred opposition assaults and condemnation on social media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur indifferent the federal government from the crackdown.
“Agencies do their own work, we don’t interfere in their functioning. I would also like to say that facts need to be found before reporting about any incident. Sometimes lack of information is misleading,” Anurag Thakur informed reporters at a cupboard briefing.
Some 100 taxmen searched round 30 places of Dainik Bhaskar in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. The properties and workplaces of the group’s promoters had been additionally raided.
A senior editor of Dainik Bhaskar informed India07 that raids had been on on the group’s Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Indore workplaces.
An Uttar Pradesh tv channel, Bharat Samachar, was additionally raided. An Income Tax crew searched the Lucknow workplace and likewise the editor’s residence to look at tax paperwork, in accordance with sources.
The raids had been based mostly on “conclusive evidence of tax fraud” by the channel, stated officers. Bharat Samachar’s current reporting has been essential of the UP authorities.
The opposition alleged that the raids had been linked to studies on Covid “mismanagement” by the federal government.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee known as it a brutal try to stifle democracy.
The assault on journalists & media homes is one more BRUTAL try to stifle democracy.#DainikBhaskar bravely reported the way in which @narendramodi ji mishandled all the #COVID disaster and led the nation to its most horrifying days amid a raging pandemic. (1/2)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 22, 2021
“Through its reporting Dainik Bhaskar has exposed the Modi regime’s monumental mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now paying the price. An Undeclared Emergency as Arun Shourie has said — this is a Modified Emergency,” tweeted Congress chief Jairam Ramesh.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot known as it a brazen try to suppress the voice of the media.
Income Tax raid on Dainik Bhaskar newspaper & Bharat Samachar information channel is a brazen try to suppress the voice of media. Modi authorities can’t tolerate even an iota of its criticism. Due to its fascist mentality, the BJP would not wish to see the reality in a democratic setup.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 22, 2021
Dainik Bhaskar put out a sequence of studies that took a essential have a look at official claims throughout the pandemic as raging infections left folks determined for oxygen, hospital beds and vaccine.
Its reportage uncovered the grisly sight of our bodies of Covid victims floating within the river Ganga and washing up on the banks of cities in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, presumably discarded due to the dearth of means to cremate them. The studies additionally revealed our bodies buried in shallow graves by the river in UP.
The New York Times had, a month in the past, printed Dainik Bhaskar editor Om Gaur’s op-ed on Covid deaths in India, titled: “The Ganges Is Returning the Dead. It Does Not Lie.”
The opinion piece was extraordinarily essential of the federal government’s dealing with of the coronavirus peak. The holiest of India’s rivers “became Exhibit A for the Modi administration’s failures and deceptions”, he wrote.
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