According to the Income Tax Department, actor Sonu Sood has evaded tax worth more than Rs 20 crore. After investigating his house in Mumbai in the last three days, the Income Tax Department issued this information by issuing a statement on Saturday.
48-year-old Sood has recently been made the brand ambassador for a program of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. According to the Income Tax Department, Sood’s non-profit organization raised Rs 2.1 crore through crowdfunding from abroad, which is in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
The Income Tax Department said in its statement that during the search at the locations linked to Sonu Sood and his associates, evidence related to tax evasion has been found. The main modus operandi adopted by Sonu was to show his undisclosed income as loans taken from fictitious sources.
“In the investigation so far, 20 such entries have been found which the givers have believed during the investigation to be fake. They confessed that they had given checks for cash. Evidence has been found that many official receipts have been taxed It has been shown as a loan in the account to avoid evasion. It was also found that these fake loans were used for investment and for purchase of property. According to the information received so far, tax evasion amounting to more than Rs 20 crore has been made. Is.”
According to the statement, “The charity foundation established by the actor on July 21, 2020 has collected donations of Rs 18.94 crore since 01.04. Found me lying in there.”
Cash worth Rs 1.8 crore has been seized during searches and restrictions have been imposed on 11 lockers.
The name of a Lucknow-based company linked to Sonu Sood has also come up in this episode. It is alleged that she was involved in fraudulent billing, forged contracts and misappropriation of expenses.
According to the statement, “The value of the fake contract is more than 65 crores and investigation is going on to gather complete information about tax evasion.”
There has been no comment from Sonu Sood on the allegations made by the Income Tax Department.
Help came in the headlines during Corona
Sonu Sood has been in the news for delivering goods to the needy people during the Corona epidemic and for transporting the trapped laborers to their homes at different places. His name has often been trending on social media. At times he was also described as the ‘messiah’ and the ‘source of inspiration’ for others.
During the second wave of Corona, many of his videos surfaced in which he himself was seen delivering oxygen cylinders. Apart from this, a good amount of money was also raised by his appeal to help the people affected by Corona.
It was also reported that inspired by Sonu Sood, youths of tribal village of Saluru mandal of Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh decided to build a road in their village and that too without any official and government help.
Came with aam aadmi party
Meanwhile, such speculation also intensified that he may enter politics. He was asked such questions many times, but he did not give any clear answer.
Many times there were speculations that he might join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, but he surprised people by coming on a stage with Arvind Kejriwal. Sonu Sood was made the brand ambassador of the ‘Desh Ke Mentor’ program by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government. Through this program, school children will be given guidance about the future. During the announcement of this, both appeared on the stage together.
Sonu Sood was born in Moga district of Punjab. It is believed that if he comes with the Aam Aadmi Party, then the condition of Arvind Kejriwal’s party in the state can improve. However, Sonu Sood had ruled out the possibility of joining politics last month.
Sonu Sood rose to fame in Bollywood due to his work in films like ‘Jodha Akbar’ (2008) and ‘Dabangg’ (2010).
Since 2010, his career in Hindi films was not going very well. During this, he was working continuously in Tamil and Telugu films apart from Hindi small budget films.
Sonu was seen in the role of ‘Chhedi Singh’ in Bollywood’s big star Salman Khan’s film ‘Dabangg’. This character gave him good fame. After that he has been working in many films, but no other character could get him a discussion like ‘Chhedi Singh’.