New Delhi: The UK authorities took observe of the stories of tax surveys carried out on the places of work of the British public broadcaster BBC in India and stated they’re monitoring it. “We’re carefully monitoring stories of tax surveys carried out on the places of work of the BBC in India,” sources within the UK authorities stated. BBC Information too stated it was cooperating with the Earnings Tax division, which is conducting a survey at its places of work in New Delhi and Mumbai. “The Earnings Tax Authorities are presently on the BBC places of work in New Delhi and Mumbai and we’re totally cooperating,” the BBC Information Press Crew stated in a press release.
Earlier this morning, Earnings tax officers arrived at BBC places of work positioned on the nationwide capital`s KG Marg for the survey. The British broadcaster`s workplace at Kalina Santacruz in Mumbai was additionally surveyed, sources stated including that the survey was restricted to enterprise premises of BBC solely.
In line with stories, a group of IT officers arrived on the BBC Studios workplace in Kalina Santacruz round 11.30 am at present and a survey has been occurring since then. There isn’t any IT exercise on the BBC Information workplace at Linking highway Bandra West.
It’s learnt that the tax officers are conducting verification of sure account paperwork within the finance division of the BBC places of work.
In the course of the investigation, the cell phones of all the workers current within the BBC workplace have been taken away by the Earnings Tax group. The info of the pc saved within the accounts and finance division was additionally scanned.
In line with sources, officers stated the gadgets might be returned to their house owners after taking a backup. The searches come weeks after the BBC launched a documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi – `India: The Modi Query,” which induced controversy.
On January 21, the Centre issued instructions for blocking a number of YouTube movies and Twitter posts sharing hyperlinks to the controversial BBC documentary on PM Modi. The Supreme Court docket had on February 3 directed the central authorities to provide authentic data regarding its choice to dam the BBC documentary.