IT raids at Quint founder Raghav Bahl's residence, office; Editors Guild of India expresses concern

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, said a statement issued today.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 11 2018 2:30PM | Updated Date: Oct 11 2018 2:30PM
IT raids at Quint founder Raghav Bahl's residence, office; Editors Guild of India expresses concernIT raids at Quint founder Raghav Bahl''s residence, office; Editors Guild of India expresses concern

The Editors Guild of India has expressed concern over the search and survey conducted by the Income Tax Department at the offices of The Quint and at the residence of its founder Raghav Bahl.

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, said a statement issued today. 

Bahl is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Editors Guild of India and a founder of the Network18 group. In his statement, Bahl has said that “we are a fully tax compliant entity, and will provide all access to all appropriate financial documents.”

The Guild is also perturbed over Bahl’s statement that he had to strongly advise the tax officials that they should not try and pick up or see any other mail or document which is likely to contain very serious and sensitive journalistic material.

“If they do that, then we shall seek extremely strong recourse”, Bahl has stated. 

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. 

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