The income tax department conducted raids against two prominent media groups on Thursday. Citing multiple charges of tax evasion, the department searched the premises of Dainik Bhaskar and Uttar Pradesh-based Hindi news channel Bharat Samachar. The searches in the case of Dainik Bhaskar are being conducted in Bhopal, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Noida and some other locations in the country. While the premises of TV news channel Bharat Samachar group and its promoters and staffers in Lucknow were similarly searched. There was no official word from the department or its policy-making body, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on the raids. Sources said the action against the Bhaskar group included searches at the residential locations of its promoters in Madhya Pradesh’s capital city of Bhopal.