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NEW DELHI, May 30. THE searches and seizures by the Income-Tax Department on the Raheja Group of companies came in for sharp attack from the Editor-in-Chief of Outlook, Mr Vinod Mehta, who alleged that the raids were fundamentally directed at the magazine, which is owned by the group.
Mr Mehta held that the raids were "a coarse and brutish attack on the institution of the free press in India and his magazine, owned by the Raheja Group, had been for sometime getting warnings from the people in the Vajpayee-led Government".
"The raids on group companies like Exide Industries and Johnson Tiles were simply a ploy to mask the real purpose of the whole operation …