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I-T raids on Dainik Bhaskar: Anurag Thakur denies govt interference, says ‘agencies are doing their job’

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Hours after the Income Tax division carried out multi-city raids in opposition to the media group Dainik Bhaskar over alleged tax evasion, Union minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday stated the companies are doing their work and there’s no interference in it.

“Agencies are doing their own work and there is no interference…One should take complete information and in its absence sometimes many issues come up that are far from the truth..,” the Information and Broadcasting Minister stated whereas addressing a cupboard briefing.

While responding to a question on the opposition Congress’ cost that the raids have been meant to throttle the voice of democracy, Thakur said that “one should take complete information and in its absence sometimes many issues come up that are far from the truth…”

Earlier within the day, the I-T division carried out raids in opposition to Dainik Bhaskar in a number of cities over alleged tax evasion, the officers stated. The searches have been carried out throughout a number of places in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Gujarat.

Following this, Dainik Bhaskar posted a message on its web site stating the federal government raids have come in opposition to it because it put out the “true picture of the government’s inefficiency before the country during the second wave of Covid-19.” It stated the raids have been carried out at residences of many staffers. The cellphones of these current within the places of work have been seized and so they weren’t being allowed to exit.

“Officials involved in the raids said this was part of the process and they will be released after panchmana proceedings are done,” the location stated.

Dainik Bhaskar group had completed a sequence of tales on the deaths within the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and our bodies being dumped alongside the river Ganga.

Several opposition leaders got here out in help of the media home and criticised the Centre, accusing it of making an attempt to stifle the voice of media. Congress chief Jairam Ramesh stated the media home is “paying the price” for its protection in the course of the pandemic.

Calling the I-T division raids in opposition to media group Dainik Bhaskar an try to intimidate the media, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated {that a} clear message that anybody who speaks out in opposition to the BJP authorities won’t be spared is being despatched out.

Meanwhile, Bharat Samachar TV, one other information channel, tweeted that searches have been being carried out on the “house of its Editor-in-chief Brajesh Mishra, state head Virendra Singh, houses of some employees and the channel office.”

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