Sonu Sood evaded over Rs 20 crore in tax: IT officials
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) says that enough incriminating evidence related to tax evasion was found whilst investigating respective residences of the actor and his aides.
- The IT department had searched the 48-year-old actor's residence and office in Mumbai on September 15, 2021.
- 28 premises in Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Gurugram were searched during the operation.
- Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted supporting the actor when Income Tax officials first raided Sood's residence.
Bollywood actor Sonu Sood and his associates have evaded tax of more than Rs 20 crore, claims the Income Tax department. Further, according to The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), enough incriminating evidence related to tax evasion was found whilst investigating respective residences of the actor and his aides.
"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 Rs 20 crore," the tax department said, as reported by NDTV.
ANI tweeted about the incident quoting the tax department official saying, "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."
During the course of search at the premises of the actor &his associates, incriminating evidence pertaining to tax evasion found. The main modus operandi followed by the actor had been to route his unaccounted income in form of bogus unsecured loans from many bogus entities: CBDT— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2021
The Income Tax department had previously surveyed the 48-year-old actor's residence and office in Mumbai on September 15, 2021. The officials then walked onto search for his Lucknow-based group of industries engaged in infrastructure development. As many as 28 premises in Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi, Gurugram were searched during the operation, the CBDT said, as reported by The Hindustan Times.
Sonu Sood had recently announced his tie-up with Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He became an ambassador of the AAP's mentorship programme meant for students. Kejriwal had tweeted supporting the actor when Income Tax officials first raided Sood's residence. He said that the actor has prayers from lakhs of families that he supported in difficult times.
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