Income tax officials searched BBC India headquarters.
Indian income tax authorities have conducted a search of BBC headquarters as part of their inquiry.
Weeks after the broadcaster aired a documentary critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the UK, searches have been conducted in New Delhi and Mumbai.
The BBC claimed to be completely cooperating with law enforcement.
A brief statement followed that said, “We want to have this matter rectified as quickly as possible.”
India’s government has made an effort to prevent people from sharing India.
As students gathered to watch the movie last month in Delhi, authorities detained some of them.
The documentary concentrated on the prime minister’s involvement in the anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat in 2002, which occurred when he was the state’s chief minister.
The hunt is oozing with desperation, according to KC Venugopal, general secretary of the opposition Congress party, and demonstrates the Modi administration’s fear of criticism.
We vehemently reject these intimidation techniques. He tweeted that this undemocratic and autocratic behaviour could not continue.
The BBC, according to Gaurav Bhatia, a spokesman for Mr. Mod’s Bharatiya Janata Party, is the most corrupt organisation in the entire globe.
He claimed that India is a nation that offers opportunities to all organisations as long as they don’t spread hate.
He noted that the timing of the searches had nothing to do with the government and that they were legal.
The Editors Guild of India, a nonprofit organisation that supports press freedom, expressed its extreme worry over the searches.
They are a continuation of a trend.
The video raises concerns about Mr. Modi’s behaviour during the 2002 riots by highlighting a previously unreported report that the BBC got from the UK Foreign Office.
The unrest started the day after hundreds of Hindu pilgrims were killed when a train carrying them was set on fire. In the ensuing bloodshed, more than 1,000 individuals, predominantly Muslims, lost their lives.
According to the Foreign Office study Mr. Modi was personally accountable for the atmosphere of impunity that encouraged the violence.