Actor Sonu Sood
After raids at his offices that ended late last night, Income Tax officials arrived at actor Sonu Sood's home in Mumbai this morning. Sonu Sood's property deal with a Lucknow real estate firm is being investigated by tax authorities.Yesterday, officials searched six places associated with the actor, including his house in Juhu and the office of his charity.
"A recent deal between Sonu Sood's company and a Lucknow-based real estate firm is under the scanner. The survey has been initiated on allegations of tax evasion on this deal," sources claimed, calling the operation a "survey".Opposition MPs have charged the 48-year-old actor of being the "messiah of migrants" because of his altruism during the Covid crisis. Hundreds of migrants were stranded and helpless during the lockdown, so Sonu Sood organised buses, trains, and even aircraft to return them to their home state.
He organised oxygen for Covid patients during the second wave earlier this year.The raids follow the actor's elevated meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who named him as a brand ambassador for the "Desh ka Mentors" school-based mentoring initiative. Sonu Sood has always claimed that his charity has nothing to do with politics, regardless of the fact that he has been feted by politicians and parties.
The encounter with Mr. Kejriwal sparked speculation about a political debut, maybe as an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate in the Punjab election next year. "No politics was discussed. As of now we have not discussed anything political,"During a press appearance with Mr. Kejriwal, Sonu Sood told reporters.The BJP has refuted claims that the raids were politically motivated."If any central agency takes any action, the entire opposition along with Congress calls it political.
Should these agencies stop working? These operations are transparent," Ram Kadam, a BJP MLA from Maharashtra, said as much. The ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, a former ally of the BJP, disagreed. Manisha Kayande, a spokesman for the Sena, criticised "selective targeting" and accused the BJP of adopting a "Talibani" mindset.
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