The Earnings Tax Division Thursday rejected allegations that its officers “urged modifications” in news tales whereas they carried out raids at a number of workplaces of the Dainik Bhaskar media group on prices of tax evasion.
The division in a collection of three tweets stated that its groups solely appeared into monetary paperwork through the searches.
“Sure allegations have appeared in some sections of media that IT Dept officers had been suggesting modifications in tales & taking editorial selections throughout their search on workplaces of a sure publication.
“These allegations are completely false & are categorically denied by IT Dept,” the I-T Division tweeted.
In line with the division’s protocol, it stated, the investigation staff “solely appeared into the monetary transactions of the group associated to tax evasion”.
Sure allegations have appeared in some sections of media that ITDept officers had been suggesting modifications in tales &taking editorial selections throughout their search on workplaces of a sure publication.These allegations are completely false &are categorically denied by ITDept(1/3)
— Earnings Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) July 22, 2021
The tweets by the tax division additionally referred to the feedback made on this context by one of many nationwide editors of the group to some tv news channels.
“Shri Om Gaur relies in Lucknow as per his interview to media. It’s emphasised that Lucknow workplace of the publication was not searched by the Earnings Tax staff.”
“Sh Om Gaur was not even questioned. The allegations being made haven’t any foundation & in truth appear to be extremely motivated,” the division stated.
The I-T Division carried out raids throughout a number of states in opposition to the Dainik Bhaskar group in addition to one other UP-based TV channel – Bharat Samachar – for alleged tax evasion, drawing a pointy response from a number of quarters, together with an uproar within the Rajya Sabha.
The raids in opposition to the Dainik Bhaskar group, which has a presence in 12 states and runs newspapers in addition to operates radio stations, internet portals and cell phone functions, started Thursday morning in 30 areas, together with in Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Noida, sources stated.
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