Digital media portals, Newslaundry and Newsclick had their offices raided by the Income Tax department on Friday.
Newsclick had been raided in February this year as well and then the reasons forwarded pertained to a money laundering case.
A report had then stated that NewsClick had received Rs 10 crores under Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from a US-based company. Strangely, Newsclick’s owner, Prabir Purkayastha had no idea why his company had received the sum.
Further investigations had revealed that one another US-based company had given them Rs 20 crores and marked it as “export remittance.”
One Newslaundry was quoted by the Wire thus: “When the I-T officials came in at 11:40 am today, there were around 20 people at the office in Sarvodaya Enclave. Everyone’s phones were confiscated, switched off and kept together on a table.”