Actor Sonu Sood is under the IT scanner as at least six premises in Mumbai and Lucknow linked to him were surveyed on Wednesday, as per reports.
According to reports, the I-T department visited the premises linked to Sonu Sood, which was not termed as raid, in connection with an alleged tax evasion probe. The IT department has reportedly surveyed six locations with relation to Sood and his companies.
The I-T survey comes soon after the actor became the brand ambassador for the Delhi government’s mentorship programme for school students.
Sood received national and humanitarian acclaim for helping people during the pandemic after he provided buses for the migrant workers in 2020 and also ensured oxygen supply during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.
He was hailed as a ‘messiah’ and was conferred with a special humanitarian action award by the United National Development Programme.
Reacting to this action of the I-T, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Raghav Chaddha said, "This is nothing but a witch hunt by an insecure government against a giant philanthropist considered a 'messiah' by millions. His only crime is that he worked for the welfare of the downtrodden when they were orphaned by the state.”
Taking it to Twitter, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “There were millions of hurdles on the path of truth, but the truth always prevailed. Sonu Sood has the blessings of lakhs of families, whom he had helped during their difficult times.”
On the other hand, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rubbished the charge that the raids were driven by agenda and BJP spokesperson, Asif Bhamla said, "There is no relation to that (the Kejriwal meeting). 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.”
However, this is not the first time Sonu Sood has been raided. In 2012, the I-T department conducted raids on the premises of several Bollywood personalities which included Sonu Sood and there were some allegations against his Mumbai property.