New Delhi: Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has opposed the Income Tax raids on varied Dainik Bhaskar places of work. He has focused the Modi authorities for this. Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Writing the truth in ink on paper is enough to scare a weak government. #RaidOnFreePress”
The Income Tax Department on Thursday raided the premises of media group Dainik Bhaskar located in various cities on charges of tax evasion. Official sources said that the raids are being conducted in Bhopal, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and some other places.
No official information has been received from the department or its policy-making body, but according to official sources, this action is also against the promoters of Hindi media groups operating in different states.
Opposition Targets Government
These raids have been criticised by all the opposition parties. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee tweeted saying, “Attack on journalists and media homes is yet one more brutal try to crush democracy. Dainik Bhaskar bravely uncovered how Narendra Modi dealt with the complete COVID-19 disaster and took the nation by way of its worst days within the midst of a horrible pandemic. I strongly condemn this vengeful act aimed toward stifling the voices that convey forth the reality.”
At the same time, Nawab Malik, a cabinet minister in the Maharashtra government, said that ever since the Pegasus espionage case came into the limelight, the central government has started targeting those who are exposing them. The latest victim is Dainik Bhaskar.
What Government Said
Amid allegations by opposition parties, the government on Thursday said that the agencies do their job and “we’ve no interference of their work.” This is what Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur mentioned in response to questions from reporters. The Union Minister known as for full info to be obtained. Oftentimes, within the absence of data, issues are mentioned which might be removed from the reality.