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Income Tax Raids The BBC Office In Delhi And Mumbai : Opposition Term BJP “Undemocratic”

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The Income Tax Department conducted a raid on the Delhi and Mumbai Offices of BBC. According to a report by the ANI, the raid is a part of the Tax evasion investigation.

Several prominent voices in the form of the opposition and the international media are speaking out against the move of the Indian government. AICC general secretary K C Venugopal lashed out at the Modi government for the move.

“The IT raid at the BBC’s offices reeks of desperation and shows that the Modi government is scared of criticism. We condemn these intimidation tactics in the harshest terms. This undemocratic and dictatorial attitude cannot go on any longer,” said the Congress leader.

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In a report by the Guardian, they stated that those who work for the broadcast have confirmed that over a dozen officials turned up in the Delhi office first. Documents and phones of over 100 hundred journalists were seized by the authorities.

As a result of the tax evasion investigation, several financial files and accounts have been seized by IT officials.

The raid by the Income Tax department comes just a few weeks after the BBC released a documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The documentary has been banned in India and the BBC also received severe backlash from the GOI, over the same.

The Indian government changed the Emergency laws to ban the links of the interview from circulating in the public through different social media platforms. As a form of dissent, universities and student organisations around the country organised the screening of the banned documentary.

By saying that the documentary was “rigorously researched according to highest editorial standards”, the BBC stayed true to the claim made in the piece.

The government blasted the British Broadcast Corporation by calling it the most corrupt organisation in the world”.

Meanwhile, from usual Twitter users to the opposition leaders, the reactions are already out online, some supporting while others are speaking against the move.

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