IT Department ‘Surveys’ Raghav Bahl’s House, The Quint And The News Minute Offices
If they pick up journalistic material, we shall seek extremely strong recourse, Bahl said.
The Income Tax department has carried out “surveys” at Raghav Bahl’s residence in Noida and the offices of The Quint and The News Minute. Bahl is a media entrepreneur and the founder of The Quint, a web based news platform. He is also an investor in The News Minute.
Bahl wrote in a letter addressed to the Editor’s Guild:
“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 compliant entity, and will provide all access to all appropriate financial documents. However, I have just spoken to the officer on my premises, one 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. 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 smartphones to take unauthorised copies of this material.
I am now on my way back to Delhi.
Warm regards. Raghav”