BBC offices in India raided by tax officials amid Modi documentary fallout

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

BBC offices in India have been raided by tax department officials, just weeks after the release of a documentary critical of the prime minister, Narendra Modi, which was later blocked by the government.

According to those working at the broadcaster, more than a dozen officials from the country’s income tax department turned up at the BBC offices in Delhi, where hundreds of employees are based, to conduct a “survey”. Documents and phones of several journalists were taken and the offices were sealed.

Officers told local media the searches on Tuesday morning were part of a “tax evasion” investigation into the business operations of the BBC in India and several accounts and financial files were seized….