The Income Tax (I-T) Department has recently said that Bollywood actor Sonu Sood has been involved in tax evasion of over Rs 20 crore, as per NDTV reported on September 18.
On September 17, Moneycontrol stated the I-T branch had widened its tax evasion probe against Sood by raiding multiple premises in Mumbai, Nagpur, and Jaipur. The authority’s continued probe comes after it launched action in opposition to the 48-year-old actor and those connected to him on September 15.
ANI quoted its sources as saying that preliminary probes have discovered that Sood allegedly violated provisions of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA). Documents found during searches confirmed he received “massive quantities of foreign contributions” which were “spent for other means”. On September 15, the action was carried out in at least 6 places in Mumbai city and Lucknow.
Official sources stated a real estate deal and some other financial transactions connected to Sood also are under the I-T department scanner. Sood grabbed a national highlight for helping migrants attain their home states at some stage in the national lockdown in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was most recently in the news after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government declared Sood as the brand ambassador of its Desh ka mentors’ programme under which students may be guided in making their career choices.
Following reports of the I-T Department officers surveying the actor’s residence in Mumbai, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Admi Party, came out in his help. “There are millions of problems at the path of truth, but the fact continually wins. With Sonu Sood ji, there are prayers of lakhs of families of India who got Sonu ji’s support in tough times,” he tweeted, tagging a news report of the IT Department action.
सच्चाई के रास्ते पर लाखों मुश्किलें आती हैं, लेकिन जीत हमेशा सच्चाई की ही होती है। @SonuSood जी के साथ भारत के उन लाखों परिवारों की दुआएं हैं जिन्हें मुश्किल घड़ी में सोनू जी का साथ मिला था। https://t.co/qsAyYvzkQP
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 15, 2021