After being under the radar of the Income Tax Department, investigators examined his premises and discovered Rs 20 crore in tax fraud. The Income Tax Department said on Saturday that actor Sonu Sood and his associates had evaded tax in the sum of Rs. 20 crore. During a search of the actor's and his aides' houses, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) uncovered damaging evidence related to tax evasion. Reacting to the allegations, the actor said he 'has pledged himself to the people of India' and 'every rupee from his foundation is waiting to reach the needy'. He added that he was 'busy attending few guests for the past four days' and is 'back in all humility' for the needy.
“सख्त राहों में भी आसान सफर लगता है,— sonu sood (@SonuSood) September 20, 2021
हर हिंदुस्तानी की दुआओं का असर लगता है” 💕 pic.twitter.com/0HRhnpf0sY
The I-T officials searched and seized a number of the actor's homes in Mumbai and a collection of infrastructure development firms located in Lucknow. According to the CBDT, 28 sites in Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi, and Gurugram were searched. According to the tax department, Sood's non-profit collected Rs 2.1 crores from abroad donors via a crowdfunding website, in violation of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, which regulates such transactions. These bogus loans were also used to make investments and buy real estate, according to the evidence.
The entire amount of tax evasion found so far, according to the report, is more than Rs 20 crore. Last year, Sonu Sood's humanitarian actions during the epidemic earned him a large fan base. The 48-year-old actor was praised for his humanitarian efforts, including assisting refugees and people in medical distress. In April and May of last year, he organised special flights home for migrants stuck by the lockdown. He was one of the most active celebrities managing oxygen for Covid sufferers at the peak of the second wave.