Income tax raids on BBC India office: I-T department’s ‘survey’
Officials from the Income Tax department searched the Delhi and Mumbai offices of BBC India for a second day Wednesday. There is growing criticism of the ruling BJP for an I-T ‘survey’. This is done in the middle of a row over banning a documentary. The documentary is critical of prime minister Narendra Modi’s role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. At that time he was the ruling chief minister.
The Indian government has said detailed information will be released when the ‘survey’ is completed.
Union minister Anurag Thakur said:
“Income Tax department conducts surveys… where irregularities are found… when the survey is completed they give information by a press note or press briefing.”
The British national broadcaster late last night urged staff to ‘continue to co-operate with ongoing inquiries; it said it was cooperating fully with the authorities and that it hopes to resolve the situation ‘as soon as possible’.
“The Income Tax authorities remain at the BBC offices in New Delhi and Mumbai. Many staff has left the building, but some have been asked to remain and continue to cooperate with the ongoing inquiries.”
“We are supporting our staff and continue to hope to have this situation resolved as soon as possible. Our output and journalism continue as normal.”