Income Tax Department raids the office of Center for Policy Research located in Chanakyapuri, Delhi.

New Delhi:

The Income Tax Department has raided the offices of independent think tank Center for Policy Research and charity organization Oxfam India in Delhi.

Besides, raids were also conducted at the premises of Bengaluru-based Independent and Public-Spirit Media Foundation (IPSMF), which partly funds several digital media outlets such as The Caravan, The Print and Swarajya.

However, no response has been received from any organization facing Income Tax action so far.

Sources in the Income Tax Department told NDTV that this action is related to funding of more than 20 registered but unrecognized political parties, under which raids were conducted at several locations in Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

On the other hand, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying that this action is part of the investigation regarding foreign donations.

However, no official statement has come out on this yet.

The Bengaluru-based IPSMF Trust also funds some media organizations known for their investigative stories, which continue to question governments.

The most recent cover story in The Caravan, a magazine and portal funded by this trust, has questioned an investigation report acquitting PM Narendra Modi of any role in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The Supreme Court had recently not only praised the report rejecting any further investigation against the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, but also dismissed the petitions against the PM, reposing faith in it.

Journalist TS Ninan is the chairman of the IPSMF Trust, while the trustees also include actor Amol Palekar.

Its donors include Premji, Godrej and Nilekani business family.

The think tank CPR, too, is known to critically examine government policies.

Educationist Pratap Bhanu Mehta was its first president, who has been considered a prominent critic of the current BJP government.

Its governing board is currently headed by Meenakshi Gopinath, who teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University and was the principal of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi.

Formed in 1973, the CPR has been critical of the government and "asking relevant questions" among its goals.


Oxfam India is also facing action, which is part of the global consortium of NGOs under the Oxfam umbrella.

Its website says it "campaigns with the public to demand policy changes from governments to create a just and inclusive country as envisioned in the Indian Constitution."