IT Officials Conduct ‘Surveys’ at NewsClick, Newslaundry Offices in Delhi

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The IT department clarified that these visits are being carried out to conduct ‘surveys’ and not ‘raids’.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Income Tax officials visited the offices of few news portals to conduct ‘surveys’ on Friday, reports IANS.

The Income Tax Department officials visited the offices of two online media portals – NewsClick and Newslaundry in south Delhi. However, no other information on the case was available.

Notably, the IT department clarified that these visits are being carried out to conduct ‘surveys’ and not ‘raids’.

People in the know of the developments said that the ‘survey’ operations are being conducted to verify certain tax payment details of these organisations.

In a ‘survey’, officials can check an organisation’s financial records but not confiscate any items.

Sources at NewsClick told The Wire that the phones of all employees who were in office had been turned off, and those working from home were not able to establish contact with their colleagues.

The Wire quoted a source at Newslaundry saying, “When the I-T officials came in at 11:40 am today, there were around 20 people at the office in Sarvodaya Enclave. Everyone’s phones were confiscated, switched off and kept together on a table.” Around 3 pm, some employees were allowed to leave the office, the source added.

 

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