Income Tax department raids Dainik Bhaskar, Bharat Samachar's offices at multiple locations
Searches are going on in connection with tax evasion case, at multiple locations including Promoters' residences and offices.
July 22, 2021 / 04:00 PM IST
The Income Tax department is conducting searches against two prominent media group houses Dainik Bhaskar's and Uttar Pradesh-based Hindi news channel Bharat Samachar's offices on charges of tax evasion.
The searches in the case of Dainik Bhaskar are being conducted in Bhopal, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and some other locations in the country. Searches are going on in connection with a tax evasion case, at multiple locations including Promoters' residences and offices, ANI reported citing sources. IT Department officers conducting raids at Dainik Bhaskar offices [Image: ANI] IT Department officers conducting raids at Dainik Bhaskar offices [Image:ANI}
The premises of TV news channel Bharat Samachar group and its promoters and staffers in Lucknow were similarly searched, they said. The premises of TV news channel Bharat Samachar group and its promoters and staffers in Lucknow were similarly searched, they said.
Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh said on Twitter that tax officials "are present" at half a dozen premises of the group, including at its office at Press Complex in state capital Bhopal.
Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for an hour on Thursday after opposition members tried to raise the issues of income tax raids on the newspaper group Dainik Bhaskar.
Troops of central paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Madhya Pradesh police personnel were seen providing security to the IT teams in Bhopal.
The two media groups had published a series of stories critical of the COVID-19 management and deaths in the second wave of the pandemic and the bodies dumped in the Ganga river that was found floating the river while some washed up on the banks of the river in Uttar Pradesh.
I&B Minister Anurag Thakur in cabinet briefing on newspaper raids: "Enforcement agencies do their job. We don't interfere. One should be aware of all the facts before commenting". He was asked on Congress remarks on Dainik Bhaskar raids. This was his response.[Inputs from agencies]