Income Tax Searches At Think Tank CPR, Oxfam, And Trust That Funds Media
Bengaluru-based trustIPSMF funds some media organisations known for investigative stories that question the governments of the day
Searches at the Centre for Policy Research office in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri started around noon.
The Income Tax Department is conducting searches at the Delhi offices of independent think tank Centre for Policy Research and charity organisation Oxfam India; and at Bengaluru-based Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF) that partly funds a number of digital media outlets such as The Caravan, The Print and Swarajya. No response has yet been received from any of the organisations facing action.
Sources in the tax department told NDTV that the “surveys” are connected to simultaneous action in Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat, among other places, “over funding of more than 20 registered but non-recognised political parties”. News agency PTI said, citing sources, that the action is part of a probe over foreign donations. No official statement is out yet.
Bengaluru-based trust IPSMF funds some organisations known for investigative stories that question the governments of the day.
The most recent cover story in The Caravan — a magazine and portal backed by the Foundation — questioned a probe report that cleared PM Narendra Modi of any role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The Supreme Court recently praised and relied on that report to reject pleas to further investigate the then chief minister Modi.
Think tank CPR, too, is known to examine government policy with a critical eye. It was once headed by academician Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a prominent critic of the current BJP government. At present its governing board is chaired by Meenakshi Gopinath, who taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University and was principal of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi. Formed in 1973, CPR lists “asking the relevant questions” among its goals.
Also facing action is Oxfam India, which is part of a global consortium of NGOs under the Oxfam umbrella. Its website says it “campaigns with the public to demand policy changes from governments for creating a just and inclusive country as envisioned in the Indian Constitution”.
A team of more than 10 officers is inside the CPR office at Chanakyapuri since noon, sources said. The surveys are likely to go on through the night. Staff have not been allowed to leave.
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