The Department of Indian Income Taxes (IT for its acronym in English) accused this Friday the BBC of irregularities in the payment of taxes “on certain remittances”one day after finishing a critique inspection three days at the chain’s offices in India.
“In the course of the inspection, the department collected various pieces of evidence regarding the operation of the organization, which indicate that taxes have not been paid on some remittances not declared as income in India by the foreign entities of the group”, the Indian public prosecutor said in a statement.
The department asserted that the benefits of various entities of the BBC “are not commensurate with their scale of operations in India”and assured that taxes were not paid in some payments to temporary employees that were reimbursed to the foreign group by the company in the Asian country.
The government agency further accused the BBC of “delaying tactics” during the inspection.
The searches began last Tuesday and, after almost sixty uninterrupted hours of intervention, the British chain reported last night on the departure of the tax authorities from their offices.
The BBC claimed that some of its employees faced “long interrogations” and even spent the night inside the offices to facilitate the work of the authorities, and said that he will support his team to “continue reporting without fear or favoritism.”
Registration at the offices of the BBC came exactly one month after a controversial documentary entitled “India: The Modi Question” (India: The Modi Affair) which analyzes the role of the president, then head of government of the state of Gujarat, during the riots of February 2002.
These clashes lasted for several days and caused more than thousand deadafter Muslims were blamed for having burned down a train carrying 59 Hindu pilgrims.
Due to its content critical of the current Prime Minister, the Indian government censored its broadcast in India, and arrested several student leaders who organized joint viewings of the documentary in some universities.
(With information from EFE)
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