Quickly after Revenue Tax officers reached the BBC places of work in Delhi and Mumbai for a “survey”, weeks after an enormous controversy over the UK nationwide broadcaster’s documentary sequence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and allegations linked to the 2002 Gujarat riots, opposition leaders took potshots on the Centre, and referred to as the motion ‘predictable’, ‘an indication of panic’, and a touch that ‘their finish is close to’.
Nonetheless, the BJP got here down closely on the British broadcaster, calling it “probably the most corrupt organisation on the earth”. The ruling get together additionally attacked Congress, saying it helps ‘anti-India’ narratives.
“If any firm or organisation is working in India, they should adjust to the Indian legislation. Why are you scared in case you are adhering to the legislation? The IT division ought to be allowed to do their work. BBC is probably the most corrupt organisation on the earth. BBC propaganda matches with Congress agenda,” BJP’s nationwide spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia stated in a press convention.
Mr Bhatia additional stated “BBC’s historical past is black, tarnished, and has been anti-India”, and requested Congress to keep in mind that Indira Gandhi had as soon as banned the broadcaster.
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, whereas taking a “how sudden” jibe, linked it to allegations of the US-based short-seller Hindenburg group’s allegations of Adani group manipulating shares. Snacks for Adani when he visits the Securities and Change Board of India (SEBI) workplace, she stated. Ms Moitra has lengthy been calling for the inventory market regulator’s investigation into Adani group firms.
“Reviews of Revenue Tax raid at BBC’s Delhi workplace
Wow, actually? How sudden.
In the meantime farsaan seva for Adani when he drops in for a chat with Chairman @SEBI_India workplace,” she tweeted.
Reviews of Revenue Tax raid at BBC’s Delhi workplace
Wow, actually? How sudden.
In the meantime farsaan seva for Adani when he drops in for a chat with Chairman @SEBI_India workplace.
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) February 14, 2023
Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh stated whereas they’re demanding a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Probe) probe into the Adani concern, the federal government goes after the BBC. “Vinash kale viprit buddhi (when one’s destruction is quickly to come back, they suppose unintelligently),” he stated.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP KC Venugopal, whereas condemning the motion, stated the ‘raid reeks of desperation’.
“The IT raid at BBC’s places of work reeks of desperation and reveals that the Modi authorities is fearful of criticism.
We condemn these intimidation ways within the harshest phrases. This undemocratic and dictatorial angle can not go on any longer,” he tweeted.
The IT raid at BBC’s places of work reeks of desperation and reveals that the Modi authorities is fearful of criticism.
We condemn these intimidation ways within the harshest phrases. This undemocratic and dictatorial angle can not go on any longer.
— Okay C Venugopal (@kcvenugopalmp) February 14, 2023
Samajwadi Occasion chief Akhilesh Yadav stated “their (BJP’s) finish is close to”.
“When the federal government and administration turn out to be symbols of concern and oppression as a substitute of fearlessness, then it ought to be understood that their finish is close to,” he tweeted in Hindi.
शासन-प्रशासन जब अभय एवं निर्भय की जगह भय और उत्पीड़न के प्रतीक बन जाएं तो समझ लेना चाहिए उनका अंत निकट है।
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 14, 2023
Mehbooba Mufti of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) stated the federal government is “openly hounding” those that “converse the reality”.
“Trigger & impact of raids on the BBC Workplace is sort of apparent. GOI is openly hounding those that converse the reality. Be it opposition leaders, media, activists or anybody else for that matter. The gloves are off & there’s a value one pays for combating for fact,” she stated.
Trigger & impact of raids on the BBC Workplace is sort of apparent. GOI is openly hounding those that converse the reality. Be it opposition leaders, media, activists or anybody else for that matter. The gloves are off & there’s a value one pays for combating for fact. https://t.co/VPUnEs27EB
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 14, 2023
CPI(M) MP John Brittas referred to as it predictable, and puzzled how UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak would reply.
“Wasn’t it predictable?! What would be the response of Rishi Sunak?” he tweeted.
Wasn’t it predictable?! What would be the response of Rishi Sunak ? pic.twitter.com/ZP2c5lYjRb
— John Brittas (@JohnBrittas) February 14, 2023
CPI Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam referred to as it a “killing spree of a frightened authorities to strangle the voice of fact”.
“Raid on BBC!They name it survey!This survey is killing spree of a frightened govt.to strangle the voice of fact.world is witnessing it.When Modi preside over G – 20,they’ll ask about India’s file on freedom of press. Can he reply fact totally ? (sic),” he tweeted.
Raid on BBC!They name it survey!This survey is killing spree of a frightened https://t.co/XvsmLIYTIO strangle the voice of https://t.co/nn8tWksL2V is witnessing it.When Modi preside over G – 20,they’ll ask about India’s file on freedom of press. Can he reply fact totally ?
— Binoy Viswam (@BinoyViswam1) February 14, 2023
The searches are in view of “the BBC’s deliberate non-compliance with the Switch Pricing Guidelines and its huge diversion of income of worldwide taxation”, sources stated.
“Within the case of the BBC, there was persistent non-compliance with the above-mentioned guidelines for years. On account of the identical, a number of notices have been issued to the BBC. Nonetheless, the BBC has been repeatedly defiant and non-compliant and has been considerably diverted their income.
The important thing focus of those surveys is to look into manipulation of costs for unauthorised advantages, together with tax benefits. These surveys have been undertaken resulting from BBC’s persistent non-compliance of the norms, making it a repeat offender,” official sources stated.
Round 20 tax officers searched the BBC’s Delhi workplace. In Mumbai, BBC Studios, that offers with manufacturing, was searched.
Paperwork have been seized and telephones and laptops of journalists have been taken away, the sources stated. The places of work will probably be sealed at some point of the survey, and staff have been requested to not share particulars with anybody.
Tax officers stated this was a survey, not a search, and that the telephones can be returned.
“We wanted some clarifications and for that our group is visiting the BBC workplace, and we’re finishing up a survey. Our officers have gone to verify account books, these aren’t searches,” Revenue Tax sources asserted.
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