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IT department widens probe against actor Sonu Sood; searches multiple premises

Certain documents have been found during searches that point to the fact that Sonu Sood had violated FCRA by receiving foreign funds. Large amounts of “foreign contributions were found to be spent for other means”.

September 17, 2021 / 10:50 PM IST
File image of actor Sonu Sood

File image of actor Sonu Sood

The Income Tax Department has widened its tax evasion probe against actor Sonu Sood as it raided multiple premises in Mumbai, Nagpur, and Jaipur on September 17, official sources said.

The I-T Department had launched the action against the 48-year-old actor and some people linked to him on September 15 and the action continued.

The searches have now been extended to more locations in Mumbai, Nagpur, and Jaipur, they said.

A news agency ANI report quoted sources as saying that preliminary investigations have revealed that the actor has allegedly violated provisions of the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA) and searches are still on.

Sources added that certain documents have been found during searches that point to the fact that Sonu Sood had violated FCRA by receiving foreign funds. Large amounts of “foreign contributions were found to be spent for other means”.

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On Wednesday, the action was carried out in at least half a dozen locations in the metropolitan city and Lucknow.

A real estate deal and some other financial transactions linked to Sood are under the scanner of the department, official sources had said.

The actor grabbed the national spotlight for helping migrants reach their home states during the nationwide lockdown clamped last year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delhi government, led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had recently declared that Sood will be the brand ambassador of the Aam Aadmi Party government's 'Desh ka mentors' programme under which students will be guided in making their career choices. Kejriwal had said on Saturday that Sood had the prayers of lakhs of families of India who got his support in difficult times.

(With PTI inputs)
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first published: Sep 17, 2021 01:01 pm

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