In the wake of I-T raids on the residence of Network-18 founder Raghav Bahl and offices of news portal 'The Quint', Editors Guild of India (EG) has expressed concern, saying it is 'perturbed' over Bahl's statement that officials tried to see 'sensitive journalistic material'.
"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.," EG said in a statement.
"The Guild believes that motivated income-tax searches and surveys will seriously undermine media freedom and the government should desist from such attempts," it added.
The Income Tax Department had on Thursday searched media baron Raghav Bahl's home and office in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion.
"A team of I-T sleuths raided The Quint founder's premises in Noida early morning and are looking for documents and other evidence related to a case of "bogus long-term capital gains (LTCG) received by various beneficiaries," the department said.
Apart from Bahl, three other "beneficiaries" and professionals, J Lalwani, Anoop Jain and Abhimanyu, were searched as part of the same action, they said.
Bahl, who was in Mumbai at the time, shared his "great concern" with the Editors Guild and said dozens of IT officials descended on ...