New Delhi (Daily Pakistan Online) India’s Income Tax Department raided BBC offices in Mumbai and Delhi for the second day. The raids on the BBC offices by the Indian media and the government have been called ‘surveys’.
On Tuesday, income tax authorities in India raided the BBC offices to investigate. The raids on BBC offices in New Delhi and Mumbai come just weeks after the BBC aired a documentary critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UK. The documentary showed the role of Narendra Modi, who was then the state’s chief minister, in the 2002 Gujarat Muslim riots. The BBC said it was “co-operating fully” with the authorities. “We hope that this matter will be resolved as soon as possible,” a brief statement said.
NDTV, citing sources, claimed that tax officials questioned senior BBC management and searched staff computers using the keywords ‘tax’, ‘bill’ and ‘black money’. What did Sources said that the mobile phones of some senior employees have been cloned. Tax authorities are investigating allegations of illegal tax benefits, tax evasion, ‘significant’ diversion of profits and non-compliance by the BBC. Sources claimed that notices had been sent to the BBC in the past but were not complied with.