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Indian Tax Department Continues Searches at BBC Offices: Reports

© AP Photo / Altaf QadriA police officer is seen at the gate of a building housing BBC office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023.
A police officer is seen at the gate of a building housing BBC office in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 15.02.2023
NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The Indian Income Tax Department began the second day of searches at the BBC offices in New Delhi and Mumbai, Indian media reported on Wednesday, citing sources.
Investigators knocked on the BCC doors on Tuesday morning and they are still present at the site, the New Indian Express newspaper reported.
People familiar with situation told the newspaper that representatives of the tax department were making copies of the organization's electronic and paper financial reports, as well as copying information from a number of computers and mobile phones.
Tax officials are speaking to BBC staff in the finance and some other departments despite the fact that other employees and journalists were allowed to leave on Tuesday evening, the media said.
Members of the media report from outside the office building where Indian tax authorities raided BBC's office in New Delhi on February 14, 2023. - Sputnik India, 1920, 14.02.2023
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Income Tax Dept Conducts ‘Surveys’ at BBC Offices in Delhi and Mumbai
On Tuesday, the Income Tax Department released a statement regarding the situation with the BBC, accusing it of "deliberate non-compliance with the Transfer Pricing Rules and its vast diversion of profits."
"In the case of the BBC, there has been persistent non-compliance with the abovementioned rules for years. As a result of the same, several notices have been issued to the BBC. However, the BBC has been continuously defiant and non-compliant and has been significantly diverted their profits," the department said, as quoted by
The BBC, in turn, said it was "fully co-operating" with the Indian authorities.

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Back then, the civil unrest which resulted in almost 800 deaths of Muslims and 250 deaths of Hindus. Modi served as Chief Minister of Gujarat at that time.

The Indian Foreign Ministry labeled the film "hostile propaganda and anti-India garbage" with a "colonial mind-set". The ministry of information ordered a block of fragments of the documentary on YouTube and Twitter.