Income tax sleuths of the CBDT began searches at the premises of the Dainik Bhaskar Group and Uttar Pradesh-based Hindi news channel Bharat Samachar‘s offices in the morning of 22 July across the country in a suspected tax evasion case.
The income tax officials did not immediately share details of the case or individuals whose premises or offices were being searched at the time of filing this report. The searches were carried out in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan as well as Delhi.
Indian National Congress (INC) leader Jairam Ramesh quote tweeted a report on the raids and said: “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 (former Union minister) Arun Shourie has said this is a Modified Emergency.”
The Dainik Bhaskar Group publishes five newspapers with 65 editions in three languages Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.
Income tax officers conducted search operations on Dainik Bhaskar premises 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 the houses and offices of the promoters, sources said. Income tax officers similarly searched the premises of TV news channel Bharat Samachar and its promoters and staff members in Lucknow, they said.
INC 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 22 July 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 and Madhya Pradesh Police personnel were seen providing security to the Income Tax teams in Bhopal.