Actor Sonu Sood has evaded taxes of over Rs 20 crore, said the income tax department in a statement today. The department had been visiting the actor's Mumbai home three days in a row.
The tax department said that Sood's non-profit organisation also raised Rs 2.1 crore from overseas donors using a crowdfunding platform in violation of the law - Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act - that governs such transactions.
The statement read, "During the course of search at the premises of the actor and his associates, incriminating evidences pertaining to tax evasion have been found. 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."
"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 statement read.
As many as 28 premises in Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi and Gurugram were searched during the operation, as per reports.
The department had initiated its action against the actor on Wednesday following which searches were extended to people linked to him.
It may be mentioned, Sood's humanitarian activities for those affected by the pandemic had got him national as well as international recognition and love in the past year.
He also recently became the ambassador of the Aam Admi Party's mentorship programme for students.