Now IT Raids On Actor Sonu Sood: Sources

Income Tax department carried out raids at premises in Mumbai connected to actor Sonu Sood, sources said today.

“A recent deal between Sonu Sood’s company and a Lucknow-based real estate firm is under the scanner. The survey operation has been initiated on allegations of tax evasion on this deal,” sources in the Income Tax department said.

Pertinent to mention here is that, the tax raids come days after the actor’s meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal had announced him as the brand ambassador for his government’s mentorship programme for school students in the capital.

Sonu had later denied any plans of a political beginning with Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Sonu Sood’s humanitarian efforts endeared him to fans across India in the past year.

The 48-year-old actor won wide praise for his charity work during the pandemic.

He organised special flights home for migrants stranded by last year’s lockdown and in April-May, at the peak of the second wave, he organised oxygen for Covid patients.

Though he has never shown any inclination towards politics, speculation ran wild after his meeting with the AAP chief. There were speculations that he may run for polls in the coming assembly elections. But he has denied it as of now.

“There is no relation to that. Any personality can meet anyone. It is just a search, not a raid. It’s on a tipoff. It’s not necessary that the person who heads the charity has done anything wrong… It must be something at the lower level. Income Tax is an independent department, which has its own protocol. It is doing its job,” Asif Bhamla, BJP spokesman, said.

AAP leader Raghav Chaddha said: “An IT raid on a man as upright as Sonu Sood, somebody who has been called a messiah by lakhs of people, somebody who helped the downtrodden. If a man like him can be politically targeted in a well thought out witch-hunt shows that the current regime is insensitive and politically insecure.”