Three-pronged attack says NDTV

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/07/2017

An NDTV statement on its website today says that the last 24 hours have seen new attacks on the company from the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. These follow a demand from the IT department to pay Rs 429 crore in tax immediately.  It claims that the CBI has sent NDTV a letter demanding documents from NDTV and its subsidiaries for an unspecified period, despite NDTV having supplied more than 500 pages of documents only two weeks ago, and separately the Enforcement Directorate informed the Bombay High Court yesterday that it is investigating NDTV for violations under PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act), though NDTV itself  has never been informed of any such charge.              

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