BBC in the news: From Gujarat documentary row to income tax survey
Income Tax officials conducted surveys at BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai over allegations of international taxation and transfer pricing irregularities. Opposition leaders criticised this government's action against the British broadcaster's recent documentary on the 2002 Godhra riots. Here is all that has happened since the BBC released its documentary in January this year.
January 17, 2023: BBC releases documentary — India: The Modi Question — on 2002 post-Godhra riots that delves into the Gujarat government's role under then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Released only in the UK through its streaming service, it was soon available across social media platforms.
January 21: Government issues an order to block the documentary using emergency powers under Rule 16 of IT Rules 2021. It even directed YouTube and Twitter to stop sharing the documentary.
January 22: The British Prime Minister defends his Indian counterpart in the House of Commons, saying "I am not sure I agree at all with the characterisation" of PM Narendra Modi in the controversial BBC documentary.
January 24: Students in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University plan a screening of the BBC documentary. Watch it on mobile phones after a power cut. JNU Students' Union president alleges stone-pelting by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members ahead of the screening event.
January 24: BBC releases the second part of its controversial documentary that looked at the Modi government’s performance after his re-election in 2019. Reports said there was no blocking order by the government for this edition of the documentary.
January 26: The Students Federation of India (SFI) organises a screening of the documentary at the University of Hyderabad campus. To counter SFI, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) screens ' The Kashmir Files' movies.
January 27: The Kerala unit of the Congress holds a public screening of 'India: The Modi Question' at Thiruvananthapuram's Shanghumugham beach.
February 3: The Supreme Court issues a notice to the government on several petitions against the Centre's decision to ban the broadcaster's documentary on the 2002 Godhra riots.
February 10: The Supreme Court dismisses a petition seeking a complete ban on BBC in India over the 2002 Godhra riots documentary.
February 14: Income Tax officials conduct surveys at BBC offices in Delhi and Mumbai over allegations of international taxation and transfer pricing irregularities. Opposition leaders criticise the income tax department's action against the BBC.