IT officials conduct 'surveys' at NewsClick, Newslaundry offices

By Online Desk

NEW DELHI: Income Tax officials visited the offices of few news portals to conduct ‘surveys’ on Friday.

Notably, the IT department clarified that these visits are being carried out to conduct ‘surveys’ and not ‘raids’.

Accordingly, the IT officials visited the offices of news portals NewsClick and Newslaundry to conduct surveys.

People in the know of the developments said that the ‘survey’ operations are being conducted to verify certain tax payment details of these organisations.

The officials reportedly took the phones of all the employees present in the office and switched them off. 

The staffers were also not allowed to leave the premises until the operation concluded. 

In February this year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had raided the NewsClick office as well as the homes of its editors in connection with allegations of money laundering. Watch the video to know more.