Bharat Samachar Home and Offices Raided by Income Tax Dept.

The raids on various newspapers and news channels have come under severe criticism by journalist fraternity across India as further attempt to strangle press freedom.

Bharat Samachar

After IT raids on the biggest news paper in Hindi heartland, Dainik Bhaskar, news is coming of IT department raids in the offices and residences of Bharat Samachar News channel and its promoters and Editor-in-Chief.

The multi-city raids across Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Gujarat are over tax evasion allegations.

According to an update shared by Bharat Samachar on their Twitter handle, raids have been conducted at the media organisation’s office. Alongside, the residences of Editor in Chief Brijesh Mishra’s house and state head Virendra Singh have also reportedly been raided. The shared update indicates that raids have been conducted in the houses of Bharat Samachar employees.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot reacted sharply to the searches, slamming the Narendra Modi-led government for being unable to “tolerate even the slightest criticism”. The ruling party, he contended, was attempting to gag the press. “Income tax raid on the offices of Dainik Bhaskar newspaper and Bharat Samachar news channel is an attempt to suppress the media,” he opined.

“By taking such an action and suppressing the media, the Modi government wants to send a message that if they don’t become ‘Godi media’ their voice will be crushed,” he alleged.

The raids on various newspapers and news channels have come under severe criticism by journalist fraternity across India. Senior journalist Urmilesh writes on his twitter account- Bharat Samachar has been critical of Govt’s COVID mismanagement and has been critical of its anti people policies. This looks like a continuation of raids that started with Newsclick, then Diainik Bhaskar and now Bharat Samachar.

Aam Aadmi party has called it an attempt to scare the media.

This is a developing story.

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