Income Tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar, Bharat Samachar : The Income Tax Department on Thursday morning raided the offices of two media houses Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar. According to PTI, raids were conducted at the offices and other locations of Dainik Bhaskar Group in different cities. Raids are going on at Bhopal, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Noida and some other places. At the same time, raids were conducted at the locations of the promoters and employees of UP based news channel Bharat Samachar in Lucknow.
The opposition has strongly criticized these income tax raids. Congress leader Digvijay Singh has called it an attack on journalism by PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, while Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the income tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar are an attempt to intimidate the media. His message is clear – he does not want to spare those who speak against the BJP.
Modishah’s attack on journalism!! Modishah’s only weapon IT ED CBI!
I am sure the Agarwal brothers will not be afraid.
Income Tax Investigation Wing’s guerilla action started at various locations of Dainik Bhaskar.
Income Tax team is present at half a dozen places including Press Complex
— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) July 22, 2021
Income tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar are an attempt to scare the media. His message is clear – those who speak against the BJP government will not be spared. Such thinking is very dangerous. Everyone should raise their voice against it.
These raids should be stopped immediately and the media should be allowed to work freely.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 22, 2021
Bhaskar said, the government was scared of true journalism
There has been no statement from the Income Tax Department or CBDT on these raids. According to sources, Income Tax Department officials also raided Dainik Bhaskar’s offices and promoters’ houses in Bhopal. The officers were seen conducting raids under the protection of CRPF and Madhya Pradesh Police. Dainik Bhaskar later posted a message saying that income tax raids were conducted at its offices in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. Dainik Bhaskar later said in a tweet that the government is scared of true journalism. He wrote in his tweet- “Government scared of true journalism: Government’s raid on Bhaskar Group, who put the correct figures of deaths from corona in Ganga in front of the country.”
Dainik Bhaskar said that the houses of many employees were also raided. Mobile phones of people working in offices were taken and they were not allowed to go out. The digital team working in the night shift was asked to leave at 12.30 pm. UP-based Bharat Samachar tweeted from its official Twitter handle that its editor-in-chief Brajesh Mishra, state head Virendra Singh and some employees’ homes and channel’s office were raided.
Opposition said, these media companies are paying the price for showing the truth on Corona
The opposition has strongly criticized this raid on two media groups. Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted and called it an attack on journalism on behalf of Modi Shah. He wrote, ‘Modishah’s attack on journalism! Modi Shah’s only weapon is IT, ED and CBI! I am sure the Agarwal brothers will not be afraid.
Jairam Ramesh tweeted, ‘Dainik Bhaskar through his reporting had exposed the mismanagement of Corona by the Modi government. Now he has to pay the price for it. This is an undeclared emergency, as Arun Shourie says, it is a modified emergency.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal wrote – Income tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar are an attempt to scare the media. His message is clear – those who speak against the BJP government will not be spared. Such thinking is very dangerous. Everyone should raise their voice against this. These raids should be stopped immediately and the media should be allowed to work freely.
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Ruckus in Parliament over raid action
Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said that Income Tax Red on Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar is an open action to suppress the voice of the media. Modi government cannot tolerate even a speck of truth. The mindset of BJP is fascist, so it is not really tolerated in a democracy.
The echo of the raid on Dainik Bhaskar was also heard in Parliament and other opposition parties, including Congress, created a ruckus, due to which the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha had to be adjourned for some time. The members of the media group Dainik Bhaskar raised slogans on the tax raid and the espionage controversy, after which the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon.