ED files case against BBC India for alleged irregularities in foreign funding
Documentary row: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a case against BBC India under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) for alleged irregularities in foreign funding.
Official sources said the action was taken to probe irregularities of foreign funding by BBC India, diversion of funds and violation of rules under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA). The move comes in the wake of searches conducted by Income Tax at the offices of the British broadcaster in New Delhi and Mumbai in February this year.
The broadcaster came under the radar of Indian agencies after it published a controversial documentary, 'India: The Modi Question,' which drew sharp criticism from the Indian government and tarnished the country's image.
Following a survey by the Income Tax Department, the ED had earlier also sent summons to BBC, calling for an inquiry into the matter.
An officer of BBC's administrative and editorial departments is being questioned at ED's headquarters here.
The government, in January, directed social media platforms to block YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the documentary soon after it created controversy.
The documentary, which questioned the role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots, was widely criticised by the Indian government and several sections of the Indian public. The BBC faced allegations of spreading fake news and propaganda, and the Indian government accused the broadcaster of trying to destabilize the country.