The Income Tax Department Thursday rejected that its officers “prompt modifications” in information tales whereas they carried out raids at a number of places of work of the Dainik Bhaskar media group on fees of tax evasion.
The division in a collection of three tweets mentioned that its groups solely appeared into monetary paperwork through the searches.
“Certainment have appeared in some sections of media that IT Dept officers have been suggesting modifications in tales & taking editorial selections throughout their search on places of work of a sure publication.
“These are completely false & are categorically denied by IT Dept,” the IT Department tweeted.
In preserving with the division’s protocol, it mentioned, the investigation staff “solely appeared into the monetary transactions of the group associated to tax evasion”.
Certain have appeared in some sections of media that ITDept officers have been suggesting modifications in tales &taking editorial selections throughout their search on places of work of a sure publication. These are completely false &are categorically denied by ITDept(1/3)
— Income 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 information channels.
“Shri Om Gaur is predicated in Lucknow as per his interview to media. It is emphasised that Lucknow workplace of the publication was not searched by the Income Tax staff.”
“Sh Om Gaur was not even questioned. The motive being made don’t have any foundation & the truth is appear to be extremely motivated,” the division mentioned.
The IT Department 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 purposes, started Thursday morning in 30 areas, together with in Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Noida, sources mentioned.
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