After the Income Tax Department raided several premises of the Dainik Bhaskar media group and UP-based news channel Bharat Samachar, Congress criticized the government, saying that instead of protect the nation, central agencies have now started to act as poachers to intimidate whistleblowers.
Addressing a press conference, senior leader Abhishek Singhvi said: “The computer raid on Dainik Bhaskar highlights the dangerous, contemptuous and draconian nature of the BJP government.
“How should we define what happened today? There are a lot of words – totalitarianism, tyranny, dictatorship, fascism, authoritarianism, autocracy, despotism, absolutism, Caesarism, etc.,” he said added.
He said the newspaper was raided as its report exposed the gruesome sight of bodies of Covid victims floating in the Ganges and washed up on the shores of towns in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, possibly thrown into the river. due to the lack of means of incineration them. Reports also revealed bodies buried in shallow graves near the river in UP.
The Income Tax Department conducted searches of the offices of media entity Dainik Bhaskar in several locations across the country for alleged tax evasion.
According to some reports, raids were carried out on the premises of Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad of the Dainik Bhaskar group.
The income tax department is also raiding the offices of the Bharat Samachar news channel and the residences of its promoters and editor-in-chief.
(With IANS inputs)