Income Tax-related surveys at British public broadcaster BBC’s India offices continued for the third day and employees working with the media house were asked not to “delete” any data until it is on. Employees are also asked to appear whenever called by IT officials for investigation.
On the 2nd Day of IT-related surveys, BBC employees were allowed to go home as they wanted to take a rest and today they joined the investigation.
The Income Tax department’s ongoing survey at BBC’s offices in Delhi and Mumbai is in view of its “deliberate non-compliance” with the Transfer Pricing Rules and its vast diversion of profits.
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“The Income Tax Authorities are currently at the BBC offices in New Delhi and Mumbai and we are fully cooperating,” the BBC News Press Team said in a statement on the first day of the survey.
In New Delhi and Mumbai, officials said the surveys were being carried out to probe issues related to international taxation and transfer pricing of BBC subsidiary companies, and alleged that the broadcaster was served with notices in the past, but was “defiant and non-compliant” and had significantly diverted its profits.
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The action comes weeks after the UK-headquartered public broadcaster aired a controversial two-part documentary in the UK, India: The Modi Question, referencing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the 2002 Gujarat riots.
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Earlier this month, the top court, acting on pleas, had asked the Centre to produce original records related to its decision to block the BBC documentary on PM Modi.
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