New Delhi: Income Tax officials have raided the home and offices of Raghav Bahl, said PTI on Thursday. Searches have been carried out at the premises of some others in connection with an Income Tax department’s investigation of tax evasion by professionals. Bahl was in Mumbai at the time and later he wrote to the Editor’s Guild as well. Also Read - This Twitter User Wrote An Obituary For Death Of Media & Confused by The Wordplay, A Newspaper Actually Published It!
He posted it on his twitter handle as well and it 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 complaint entity and will provide all access to all appropriate finance documents. However, I have just spoken to the officer on my premises, on 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.” Also Read - Air India to Employees: Do Not Interact With Media Without Prior Approval of CMD
“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 smart phones to take unauthorized copies of this material. I am now on my way back to Delhi,” he added. Also Read - IT Raid Continues For Day 2 at DMK Treasurer Durai Murugan's House in Tamil Nadu's Vellore
Taxmen were reportedly looking for documents related to the case under probe. Bahl is the founder of news portal Quint and the Network18 group. He was also associated with CNBC, Viacom, BBC, Star TV, A&E, Time Warner and Forbes. He also worked as a Management Consultant at AF Ferguson followed by a stint at Amex. As of now, the Income Tax team is carrying on the searches and recording statements of Bahl’s account officials.