IT Survey At Raghav Bahl’s Home, The Quint’s Office

Income Tax Department Officials surveyed the Noida house of media entrepreneur Raghav Bahl and the office of ‘The Quint’ of which he is a co-founder in connection with an alleged tax evasion case.

The officials told PTI that a team raided the residence of Bahl in Noida early in the morning and are looking for documents and other evidence related to the case under probe.

In a note to the Editor’s Guild Bahl tweeted,

I have a matter of great concern to share with the Guild. While I was in Mumbai this morning, dozens of IT officials descended on my residence and The Quint’s office for a “survey”. We are a fully tax compliant entity, and will provide all access to all appropriate financial documents. However, I have just spoken to the officer on my premises, one Mr Yadav, and requested him, strongly, to not try and pick up or see any other mail/document which is likely to contain very serious/sensitive journalistic material. If they do that, then we shall seek extremely strong recourse. I do hope the EG will back us on this, and thereby set a precedent for any such exercise that may happen on any other journalistic entity in the future. They should also not misuse their smartphones to take unauthorised copies of this material. I am now on my way back to Delhi.

While the raid, the IT officials were trying to clone data from Ritu Kapur’s (Founder and CEO- The Quint) gadgets revealed Poonam Agarwal.

IT department also went to The News Minute’s office in Bengaluru. According to the website, officers said that the visit was a ‘survey’ under Section 133a of the IT Act, and not a search or raid. “The officers asked for financial documents and audit books to be shown to them,” The News Minute reported.

“We are complying with the requests of the officers at our premises,” Dhanya Rajendran, editor-in-chief, The News Minute, was quoted as saying.

Congress has attacked the BJP government for using the CBI and ED to suppress freedom of speech and undermine the media.

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