Indian tax authorities raid BBC, weeks after it airs documentary critical of Modi
More than a dozen Indian Income Tax officials entered the BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai Tuesday morning seizing accounts, financial documents, and phones of BBC employees.
They told those who had not yet come into the office to stay home. More than a 100 employees were in the offices at the time.
The searches came weeks after the BBC aired a two-part documentary series critical of India's prime minister, Narendra Modi.
Modi's government banned it from being shown inside India and forced social media companies like Twitter and YouTube to take down clips using emergency laws.
After the documentary aired, a Hindu nationalist organization petitioned the country's Supreme Court to ban the BBC in India. The Supreme Court dismissed it.
A spokesperson for Modi's party held a news conference and told the media that the BBC was "rubbish" and alleged that it was "corrupt."