SONU SOOD EVADED RS. 20 CRORES IN TAXES, SAYS INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT

The Income Tax Department said actor Sonu Sood, whom they have been eyeing for the past few weeks have evaded over Rs. 20 crores in taxes. The statement comes after they raided his Mumbai office and a Lucknow based company (he is associated with ) for three days in a row. The department also said the charity fundraiser of Rs 2.1 crore, raised from overseas donors, using a crowd funding platform was in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act. The officials had raided 6 locations linked to the actor, including his Juhu home.

“The main modus operandi followed by the actor had been to route his unaccounted income in the form of bogus unsecured loans from many bogus entities,” the IT department said in their statement. The department also said, regarding the charity, “Investigations so far have revealed use of 20 such entries, the providers of which, on examination, have accepted on oath to have given bogus accommodation entries. They have accepted to have issued cheques in lieu of cash. There have been instances where professional receipts have been camouflaged as loans in the books of accounts for the purpose of evasion of tax. It has also been revealed that these bogus loans have been used for making investments and acquiring properties. The total amount of tax evaded unearthed so far, amounts to more than ₹ 20 crores.”

The actor had recently tied up the Delhi Chief Minister, Aravind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi party as an ambassador of its education projects. Critics point out that this as a witch hunt of the actor for aligning with an opposition party, though the BJP’s state unit has negated all such claims.

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