Income Tax raids places of work of Centre for Policy Research, Oxfam India and media funding organisation
The Income Tax Department on Wednesday raided the places of work of assume tank Centre for Policy Research in Delhi, non-governmental organisation Oxfam India and the Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation in Bengaluru, reviews mentioned.
Raids have been additionally carried out towards registered unrecognised political events in Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana and another states as a part of a pan-India tax evasion inquiry, PTI reported, citing unidentified officers.
In June, the Election Commission had ordered the deletion of 111 registered unrecognised political events that have been discovered to be “non-existent”. Details associated to 3 of the events was additionally shared with the Department of Revenue for authorized motion for “serious financial impropriety”.
On Wednesday, tax officers arrived on the Chankyapuri workplace of the Centre for Policy Research round midday, NDTV reported. A gaggle of over 10 officers is reportedly inspecting the organisation’s account books.
The Centre for Policy Research describes itself as a “non-partisan, independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to high quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse about the issues that impact life in India”.
Academician Pratap Bhanu Mehta was a former president of the organisation. Yamini Aiyar is now the president and chief govt of the organisation.
Meanwhile, an individual conversant in the state of affairs confirmed to Scroll.in that the raids came about on the Oxfam workplace.
Oxfam India is a non-profit organisation below Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013. It has been working within the nation since 1951. According to its web site, it’s engaged in information constructing, public campaigning and catastrophe reduction, amongst different actions.
Unidentified officials informed CNBC-TV18 that the Income Tax division was finishing up survey motion towards the Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation in Bengaluru. The basis has granted funds to a number of media organisations, together with The Wire, The Print and The Caravan.
No official response has been acquired so removed from the Income Tax Department or the organisations being raided.
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