IT raid on Raghav Bahl: Such 'motivated' searches undermine media freedom: Editors Guild

We are a fully tax compliant entity and will provide all access to all appropriate financial documents, Raghav Bahl has told the Guild

Editors Guild of India

The Editors Guild of India has expressed “concerns” over an income tax raid conducted at the offices of The Quint and at the residence of its founder Raghav Bahl on Thursday.

 

Issuing a statement on Twitter, the Guild said, “The Editors Guild of India expresses concern over the search and survey conducted by the Income Tax Department today at the Offices of The Quint, a media company, and at the residence of its founder and promoter, Raghav Bahl.”

 

The statement further read, “While the tax administration is within its rights to make inquiries in compliance with the relevant laws, it should not exercise those powers in a way that could be seen as an intimidation of the government’s critics.”

 

“The Guild believes that motivated income-tax searches and surveys will seriously undermine media freedom and the government should desist from such attempts,” it added.

 

Earlier in the day, Bahl, in a statement to the Editor's Guild, had said, "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.

 

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