ED begins money laundering probe against NDTV Jul 28, 2017 0 20 12345 PTINew DelhiThe Enforcement Directorate (ED) has begun a money laundering investigation against TV channel NDTV in connection with some foreign funds received by it in the past, an ED official said on Thursday. The probe has been initiated under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the official said, adding it is related to the ED's investigations in connection with"foreign funding"transactions of the entity. More details about the exact charges being probed by the agency were not available as the official said the case is sub-judice. The NDTV, meanwhile, alleged"intimidation of epic proportions"by central probe agencies in the last 24 hours. It said the three central agencies-- the CBI, the ED and the Income Tax Department are"attacking NDTV over one transaction in which GE, USA, made a USD 150 million investment in NDTV--a perfectly legitimate and publicly, officially declared investment-which they are calling a 'sham transaction'.""India-and the world-is watching this witch hunt against independent media. It will irreversibly hurt India's reputation as a democracy with a flourishing and free press. Especially shocking is a demand of Rs 429 crore from the Income Tax Department. The department's letter, sent on Thursday, says NDTV has to pay the amount 'immediately now'(sic!),"it said in a public statement. It added that a demand"for immediate payment without any notice period is unheard of and smacks of sinister motives by the IT Department. NDTV will not take such arbitrary and illegal action lying down and will take appropriate action in the matter,"it said. The channel said the CBI is indulging in an"undisguised fishing expedition"and it has sent a letter"demanding documents from the NDTV and its subsidiaries for an unspecified period- this despite NDTV having supplied more than 500 pages of documents only two weeks ago."Strangely, the CBI does not acknowledge the receipt of these documents."Separately, the Enforcement Directorate informed the Bombay High Court yesterday that it is investigating NDTV for violations under PMLA- it has never, of course, informed NDTV of any such charge. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Work unitedly to realise Kalam's dream of developed India: PM Jul 28, 2017 0 5 'Diplomatic channels functioning to resolve standoff with China' Jul 28, 2017 0 7 Armed forces get financial powers to boost security Jul 28, 2017 0 7 Doval meets China's top official, 'major problems' discussed IANS Beijing Amid the dragging border row, China on Thursday raised"major problems"in ties with India as its top diplomat Yang Jiechi held talks with India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on the sidelines of .. Fresh row over Vande Mataram in Maharashtra Mumbai Kicking off a fresh controversy over"Vande Mataram", BJP Maharashtra lawmaker Raj Purohit on Thursday announced that he would ask the state government to introduce a policy making the national song's .. No info on visa to Kulbhushan's mother: Govt New Delhi India has no official information on Pakistan's position on providing visa to Kulbhushan Jadhav's mother, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday. There has not been any reply from Pakistan .. Fresh row over singing 'Vande Mataram'in Maharashtra Mumbai, July 27 (IANS) Kicking off a fresh controversy over"Vande Mataram", BJP Maharashtra lawmaker Raj Purohit on Thursday announced that he would ask the state government to introduce a policy making the national .. Nagaland CM allocates ministerial portfolios IANS Kohima Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang has allotted portfolios to the newly-inducted ministers, while keeping a few including finance, personnel and administrative reforms with himself. Zeliang .. Graft scandals in Kerala BJP not a state issue: CPI-M IANS New Delhi The corruption charges against BJP leaders in Kerala should not be seen as a state phenomenon and"it is only a matter of time before the skeletons come tumbling out of the cupboards of the Modi government", .. Stricter laws on cards to fight sex trafficking in Mumbai Reuters MUMBAI India's financial capital Mumbai - often known as the city of opportunities - has emerged as a major destination for global sex trafficking with girls from distant countries being trafficked to the ..