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I-T searches at properties linked to actor Sonu Sood continues

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Income Tax (I-T) sleuths on Friday continued their searches at actor and Good Samaritan Sonu Sood’s Mumbai residence and properties linked to him for the third straight day. The I-T action on the actor resulted in widespread criticism of the government, with the Shiv Sena and AAP questioning the department’s move.

Apart from the actor’s Mumbai residence, properties linked to him in Nagpur, Maharashtra and Jaipur are also being searched by the teams of the I-T department. I-T officials are taking a close look at account books, income generated, expenditure and other financial records of the actor and other entities linked to him.

I-T searches against Sonu Sood began on Wednesday over alleged tax evasion at around half a dozen locations in Mumbai and Lucknow. A real-estate deal is also under the scanner of the I-T department.

The searches come weeks after Sonu Sood was roped in as brand ambassador by the Delhi government for its ambitious ‘Desh Ke Mentors’ programme that aims to guide students from poor backgrounds in making career choices. The actor has clarified that he has no intention to join politics.

Govt faces criticism

As the news of the surveys at premises linked to Sonu Soon spread, several political parties criticised the Centre for the action. Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Raghav Chadha 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.”

The 48-year-old actor won praise for his charity work during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for organising special flights for migrants stranded by last year’s lockdown, desperate to go home. Sonu Sood’s humanitarian efforts have endeared him to legions of fans, with many bombarding him daily with requests for help.

 

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