Sonu Sood’s office in Mumbai was raided by Income Tax Department officials on Wednesday. Six locations, along with a Lucknow-based real estate company linked to Sonu Sood, were raided.
The raid was in connection with alleged tax evasion.
The Income Tax Department is looking into a land deal between a firm owned by Sonu Sood and a Lucknow-based real estate company. The IT ‘survey’ at premises owned by Sonu Sood began in the morning and continued until at least 7 pm.
The IT raid happened after Sonu Sood’s recent meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who declared him the brand ambassador for his government’s mentorship programme for school students in Delhi. Sonu Sood, however, later clarified that he will not join AAP.
Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, came out to support the actor and said, “There are millions of difficulties on the path of truth, but the truth always wins. With Sonu Sood ji, there are prayers of lakhs of families of India who got Sonu ji’s support in difficult times,” he tweeted, tagging a news report of the I-T department action.
Many other officials from the AAP party also supported the actor.
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, AAP leader and MLA Raghav Chadha tweeted on twitter.