Chennai, Feb 15 (BPNS)
Actor turned politician and founder president of Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK), Seeman has charged that the Income Tax department survey at the world-renowned British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) offices in Mumbai and New Delhi was a direct assault on Press freedom.
In a statement on Wednesday, the NTK leader said that the raids on the BBC offices in Mumbai and New Delhi were a palpable misuse of power.
Seeman said ,”The action that was taken is revenge for releasing the documentary on Gujarat riots staged by Modi government. This is an open threat to freedom of press.”
The NTK leader said that the government taking action against the BBC instead of facing the fallout of the documentary gracefully is a disgrace and blatant misuse of power.
Seeman said that the central government under Narendra Modi has taken control over all autonomous institutions like the Income Tax department, Central Investigating agencies, Enforcement Directorate, and others. He charged that the government was threatening opposition political parties, social activists, revolutionaries, democratic parties and the media.”
It may be noted that the search operation by the Income Tax department officials commenced on Tuesday morning and is continuing.