ANISood’s bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or business transactions are also being examined to detect possible tax evasion.
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After conducting a raid at Bollywood actor Sonu Sood‘s residence in Mumbai late last night, the Income Tax officials arrived at the property this morning for round two of search. According to reports, the officials are investigating Sood’s property deal with a real estate company based in Lucknow. A team of I-T officials reached the 48-year-old actor’s house in Juhu to carry search operations to investigate alleged financial irregularities, according to IANS report. Sood’s bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or business transactions are being examined during the survey to detect possible case of tax evasion. However, officials have not yet shared any details on the matter. According to further reports, the officials are calling the search operation a “survey”.
According to a PTI report, the I-T department is carrying out raids in at least six locations including Mumbai and Lucknow. Sood grabbed the major spotlight during the pandemic as he stepped up to help those in need. He helped many migrants reach their home states during the nationwide lockdown imposed last year in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.Opposition slammed the raids conducted by the Income Tax department against the actor, calling it a “witch hunt”. Raghav Chadha, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson, on Thursday said that this is nothing but a witch hunt by an insecure government against a giant philanthropist. “This is nothing but a witch hunt by an insecure government against a giant philanthropist considered a ‘messiah’ by millions. His only crime is that he worked for the welfare of the downtrodden when they were orphaned by the state,” Chadha tweeted.
This is nothing but a witch hunt by an insecure government against a giant philanthropist considered a ‘messiah’ by… https://t.co/ajY2w3Ff5c
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) 1631706966000
While AAP MLA Atishi asked if it was a crime for him to help those in difficulty. “The ‘survey’ of actor-and-philanthropist Sonu Sood by the IT Dept is a clear message by BJP that they will victimise anyone who does good work for the country? Was it a crime for Sonu Sood to help migrants during the lockdown? Was it a crime for him to help those in difficulty?” Atishi tweeted.
The ‘survey’ of actor-and-philanthropist @SonuSood by the IT Dept is a clear message by BJP that they will victimis… https://t.co/YRJLW2V3Za
— Atishi (@AtishiAAP) 1631708316000
Recently, the actor was also appointed as the brand ambassador of the Aam Aadmi Party government’s ‘Desh Ka Mentors’ programme under which students will be guided in making their career choices.