Actor Sonu Sood has evaded taxes of over 20 crore, the income tax department said in a statement today, after visiting his Mumbai home for three days in a row for a search. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) further added that I-T Department conducted a search and seizure operation at various premises of Sonu Sood in Mumbai and also at a Lucknow-based group of industries engaged in infrastructure development.
"The total amount of tax evaded unearthed so far, amounts to more than Rs 20 crore", the department said. The news comes after a team of IT sleuths swooped on the 48-year-old Sood's Juhu home to carry out search operations to detect certain alleged financial irregularities. The IT department has examined bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or other business transactions during the 'survey', for suspected tax evasion, though no details are being shared officially.
In Wednesday's operations, the IT had searched around half a dozen premises linked to the actor, including offices and other properties in Mumbai and certain locations in Lucknow.
Sonu shot into limelight last year (2020) for arranging free flights or luxury buses for stranded migrants during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic and sent them to different parts of India, besides organizing liquid medical oxygen supplies to various hospitals during the second Covid wave this year (2021).