back to top
Latest NewsIT survey at BBC offices clocks over 55 hours

IT survey at BBC offices clocks over 55 hours

Date:

NEW DELHI : The Income Tax department's marathon survey at BBC's offices continued for the third straight day on Thursday as officials prepared an inventory of financial data from select staffers and made copies of electronic and paper data of the news organisation. The operation that began at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) offices in Delhi and Mumbai around 11:30 am on Tuesday has clocked more than 55 hours, sources said. It was not clear if the survey has ended. Tax authorities have made an inventory of the available stock, recorded the statement of some staffers and have impounded some documents as part of the survey action, officials told sources. The survey is being carried out to investigate issues related to taxation and transfer pricing of BBC subsidiary companies, they had said.
The I-T teams are seeking answers on financial transactions, the company structure and other details about the news company, and are copying data from electronic gadgets as part of their task of collecting the evidence, tax officials had said. Opposition parties have denounced the I-T department action against the London-headquartered public broadcaster, terming it “political vendetta”. On Tuesday, the ruling BJP had accused the BBC of “venomous reporting” while the Opposition had questioned the timing of the action that came weeks after the broadcaster aired a two-part documentary “: The Modi Question” on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots. While there has been no official statement from the Income Tax department on the action, the BBC has said it was cooperating with the authorities. A BBC staffer in Delhi said they were broadcasting their news like usual.
The Supreme Court last week dismissed a plea seeking the imposition of a complete ban on the BBC in India in the wake of the controversial documentary, terming the petition “entirely misconceived” and “absolutely meritless”. Another set of petitions challenging the government's decision to block the documentary's access on social media platforms will be heard in April. On January 21, the government had issued directions to block multiple YouTube and Twitter posts sharing links to the documentary.

Northlines
Northlines
The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related

Indian Air Force opens doors for musicians under Agnipath scheme; apply now for 4-year stint

Indian Air Force Agniveervayu Musician Recruitment 2024: Interested candidates...

Very Important Elections To Save Democracy, Constitution; Play Your Part: Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI, May 23:  Two days before polling in...

Till Modi is alive no one can snatch reservation for Dalits tribals PM

Bhiwani (Haryana), May 23: Tearing into the ruling Trinamool...

BJP has already crossed 310-mark, Congress struggling to get 40: Amit Shah in UP’s Siddharthnagar

SIDDHARTHNAGAR, (UP), May 23:  Union Home Minister Amit Shah...