New Delhi, July 22: The Income Tax department today conducted raid on multiple premises of Dainik Bhaskar media house, and Uttar Pradesh-based news channel Bharat Samachar on the charges of tax evasion, said officials.
The sleuths conducted raids across several branch offices of Dainik Bhaskar in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Gujarat while the promoters and staffers of Bharat Samachar were raided in Lucknow.
However, there has been no official statement issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) yet regarding the raids.
Meanwhile, the opposition condemned this raid by the IT department over social media and alleged that this was done purposely by the Centre to intimidate the independent media for being critical of the government over Covid management across the country.
“Income tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar are an attempt to scare the media. Their message is clear – those who speak against the BJP government will not be spared. Such thinking is very dangerous. Everyone should raise their voice against it and the media should be allowed to work freely,” tweeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressing his discontent.
On the other hand, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee denouncing the raid said that “The attack on journalists & media houses is yet another brutal attempt to stifle democracy. I strongly condemn this vindictive act that aims to suppress voices that bring out the TRUTH. It’s a grave violation that undermines the very principles of democracy.”
Criticizing the BJP, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot termed this raid as a “brazen attempt to suppress the voice of media.” “Modi government cannot tolerate even an iota of its criticism. Due to its fascist mentality, the BJP doesn’t want to see the truth in a democratic setup,” he tweeted.