Actor Sonu Sood, who emerged as the real hero with his humanitarian work during the pandemic period faced a sudden shock with the IT raids. The raids conducted by the IT sleuths continued for two consecutive days.
The IT sleuths are said to have unearthed an alleged tax evasion worth â‚¹20 crore. Besides the actor, his associates are also said to have been involved in tax evasion. Sonu Sood and his associates reportedly violated the provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) regulations.
As part of the IT raids, the officials have conducted a survey in various premises across the cities that belong to Sonu Sood. As many as 28 places were raided by the officials.
Attributing the IT Department sleuths, few media reports say that the officials have found information and evidence to prove that Sonu Sood and his associates were indulged in tax evasion.
It is also said that the foundation founded by Sonu Sood last year saw a lot of violations in the donations that were received. While more than 18 crore worth of donations were attracted by the foundation, an amount worth Rs 17 crore was not used from the amount.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) also said that the regulation of the (FCRA) act was also violated by the foundation by receiving foreign amounts as donations.
Media reports say that Sonu Sood reportedly started a project with a firm that is based out of Lucknow that is into the infrastructure sector. Now the firm is facing allegations of filing bogus bills to get funds.
On the other hand, other political parties Shiv Sena and AAP have lashed out at the saffron party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for allegedly targeting Sonu Sood who had helped a lot of Indians during the pandemic period.
"The simultaneous search operations carried out at various premises of an infrastructure group in Lucknow in which the actor has entered into a joint venture real estate project and invested substantial funds, have resulted in unearthing of incriminating evidences pertaining to tax evasion and irregularities in the books of account," the tax department reportedly said in a statement.