The revenue tax division carried out multi-metropolis raids in opposition to — Dainik Bhaskar and Uttar Pradesh-based information channel Bharat Samachar — on prices of tax evasion, official sources stated.
Both Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar have been important of the Covid-19 administration within the nation and did quite a few tales highlighting the failings of authorities and the misery of folks through the second wave of the pandemic.
The opposition events reacted strongly to the raids and accused a “coward government” of utilizing central companies to “intimidate” critics. Some even equated the current ambiance to “undeclared Emergency”.
However, the federal government rubbished these allegations.
‘No interference in working of companies’
Union info and broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur stated the companies are doing their work and there’s no authorities interference in it.
He additionally warned in opposition to drawing hasty conclusions.
“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 …,” he informed reporters at a cupboard briefing.
‘Attack on democracy’
The Congress stated that as an alternative of defending the nation, central companies have now begun to behave as poachers for intimidating the whistleblowers.
The celebration termed the raids on each media homes as an “attack on democracy”.
Flaying the federal government, the UP Congress in a tweet stated, “Kamal’ wale, kalam se darte hain (People with lotus are afraid of the pen).”
‘Coward authorities is afraid’
The Samajwadi Party (SP) on its Twitter deal with stated when a “coward” authorities is “afraid”, it makes use of central companies just like the ED, IT division and the CBI in opposition to these opposing it.
“With the ink of truth, the government’s corruption, mismanagement during the Covid pandemic, false claims and hollow announcements were exposed by Dainik Bhaskar. Countrywide raids raids on it are condemnable,” the celebration tweeted.
‘Isn’t this undeclared Emergency’
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) criticised the I-T raids in opposition to the Dainik Bhaskar media group, and stated folks must know if this was not “undeclared Emergency”.
It additionally stated that this media home had “fearlessly reported the failures of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath”.
Taking to Twitter, NCP spokesperson and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik stated, “Since the reports of Snooping via #Pegasus spyware was brought out in the public domain, the central government has begun to target those who are exposing them. The latest victim is @DainikBhaskar, they have been fearlessly reporting about the failures of UP CM Mr @myogiadityanath and to muzzle the voice of this media house and hide the truth, they are being raided by the income tax.”
‘Brutal try to stifle democracy’
Mamata Banerjee referred to as the income tax raids a “brutal attempt” to stifle democracy and suppress voices that deliver out the reality.
The West Bengal chief minister stated the raids had been the fallout of reporting in regards to the “mishandling” of the Covid-19 scenario within the nation.
‘Tax raids try to scare media’
Calling the tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar an try to scare the media, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal demanded that such actions be stopped instantly and the media be allowed to work freely.
Reacting to the raids, Kejriwal tweeted, “Income tax raids on Dainik Bhaskar and Bharat Samachar are an attempt to scare the media. The 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.”
‘Government’s raid raj will not work’
The CPM hit out on the Union authorities over revenue tax raids accusing it of utilizing central companies for “intimidation.”
“The Modi government’s raid raj won’t work. Trying to scare and muzzle the truth from surfacing. But like the dead bodies floating in the Ganga, Modi government cannot hide. The misuse of central agencies for intimidation is condemnable,” tweeted CPM common secretary Sitaram Yechury.
‘Union authorities shouldn’t attempt to muzzle freedom of press’
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal condemned the revenue tax raids on media retailers, saying the teams had been being persecuted for exposing the NDA authorities’s “mismanagement” of the Covid-19 pandemic, moreover asking powerful questions on the Union authorities’s surveillance on politicians, journalists and activists by way of Pegasus adware.
In an announcement, Badal stated it was condemnable that the NDA authorities had focused Hindi each day Dainik Bhaskar in addition to the Bharat Samachar group as a result of that they had posed powerful inquiries to the federal government consistent with excessive requirements of journalism.
“The Union government should not try to muzzle the freedom of the press in this manner. The SAD stands resolutely in solidarity with the media in this hour of crisis,” the assertion stated.
(With inputs from companies)