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IT raid enters day 3; 10 BBC employees spent 2 nights in office

The Income Tax department’s raid at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) office in Delhi and Mumbai entered its third day on Thursday. At least 10 senior employees of the broadcaster in Delhi have not gone home since the raids started, various media outlets reported, citing IT sources.

The operation that began at the BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai around 11:30 am on Tuesday has clocked more than 45 hours now, NDTV reported, citing officials.

The raids are happening weeks after the British state-run media released a documentary accusing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of fueling polarization. The documentary was banned in India.

IT officials gathered financial data from staffers and made copies of documents of the news organisation during the ongoing raid.

The raids are being carried out to investigate issues related to international taxation and the way funds are transferred between different arms of a multinational corporation, officials have said.

While there has been no official statement from the Income Tax department on the action, the BBC has said it was cooperating with the authorities.

Opposition parties have condemned the tax department’s action against the BBC, terming it a “political vendetta” in response to the documentary on PM Modi.

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