The Income Tax Department said in its statement that actor Sonu Sood and his assistants have evaded tax of more than Rs 20 crore. After finding the actor at home in Mumbai for three days. Mr. Sood, 48, recently announced a partnership with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi. According to the Income Tax Department, Sonu Sood’s NGO raised Rs 2.1 crore from foreign donors using a crowdfunding platform in violation of the Overseas Donors (Regulation) Act, which oversees such transactions.
28 places are being searched
According to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), objectionable material related to tax evasion was found in searches of the houses of the actor and his associates. A total of 28 premises spread across Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi and Gurugram have been included in the search operation.
evidence found in investigation
The IT department said, “Incriminating evidence relating to tax evasion has been found during searches at the premises of the actor and his associates. Income Tax Department claims that during the investigation so far, 20 such companies have been unearthed which showed unsecured loans by Sonu. Gone when this money was of his own earnings.
Helped people in lockdown
The actor came into limelight when he helped thousands of migrants reach their homes when the government imposed a lockdown in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a top Income Tax Department official, when the executives of these shell companies were questioned, they accepted through affidavit that they had given bogus entry to Sonu Sood. According to the claim of Income Tax Department officials, income tax evasion of more than 20 crores has been detected so far.
AAP appointed ambassador of student mentorship program
Sonu Sood has recently been made an ambassador for Aam Aadmi Party’s student mentorship program. AAP has condemned the action against the actor, claiming that the government is throwing him out as he is a “messiah” for the poor. AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in support of Sonu Sood, saying that the Bollywood actor has the prayers of lakhs of families who have helped him in difficult times.
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