The Income Tax department is conducting search operations at the premises of leading media house Dainik Bhaskar in different states of the country, on the basis of a tip-off about tax evasions by the group.
According to sources, the raids were underway at both the business as well as residential premises of the promoters of Dainik Bhaskar in Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and some places in Maharashtra also.
Headquartered in Madhya Pradesh, Dainik Bhaskar is one of the largest media groups in the country with more than 60 editions operating in multi languages from around a dozen states.
Dainik Bhaskar had extensively covered the Pegasus snooping row, in which senior opposition figures including Rahul Gandhi and others, had their phones hacked via the Israeli spyware. Phones of some 40 Indian journalists were also hacked.
The media group was at the forefront of reporting during the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic also, questioning the official figures and claims made by the Centre over the handling of the situation. Dainik Bhaskar had brought to light the burial of the Covid dead in Prayagraj through extensive field work. The photo of the shallow graves identified by bits of colour had moved many a heart.