The Indian Income Tax Department has raided several domestic and international organizations including the international charity Oxfam. Today, these operations are on Wednesday. Apart from Oxfam, the list includes India’s premier think tank Center for Policy Research (CPR) and Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF), an Indian organization supporting independent and small media.
India’s former foreign secretary Shyam Sharan is on the board of directors of CPR. According to CPR, they run their research institute in compliance with all the laws of the Government of India.
The raids at the offices of research institutes CPR have worried India’s research institutes and leading researchers. This is because CPR is a completely independent research centre. The organization has criticized various schemes of the Indian government in the past and continues to do so. India’s famous sociologist Meenakshi Gopinath is at the top of this research institute established in 1973. He was a professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the principal of the prestigious Lady Shriram College in Delhi.
In a statement, CPR said that the organization is not a profit-making organization as per the Indian Government Act. As a result, the question of paying income tax does not arise. In a statement, CPR said, “CPR receives donations from several Indian and international organizations. It also receives from governments, multinational corporations and business organizations. All accounts of the organization are given on the website.
Various organizations and places including CPR and Oxfam are being searched.
Today, India’s central intelligence agency CBI interrogated West Bengal Law Minister Malaya Ghatak for about eight hours. He was interrogated on charges of illegal coal smuggling. A total of six residences and offices of the Law Minister were searched by CBI officials. After the search, the Law Minister of West Bengal said that since the matter is pending before the court, he will not comment on it.
Apart from West Bengal, the Income Tax Department also conducts searches in several states of India such as Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana.
During these searches, the property accounts of political parties and politicians are especially being looked into. Now the government has started attacking Indian political parties and politicians on a personal level, many anti-BJP comments on the social media Twitter.
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