A few days ago, the authorities had raided actor and humanitarian Sonu Sood’s residence in Mumbai and the Central Board of Direct Taxes had alleged that Sonu had his associates had evaded taxes of INR 20 crores. Now, the actor has issued a statement.
“You don’t always have to tell your side of the story. Time will. I have pledged myself to the service of the people of India with all my strength and heart. Every rupee in my foundation is awaiting its turn to save a precious life and reach the needy. In addition, on many occasions, I have encouraged brands to donate my endorsement fees to humanitarian causes too, which keeps us going,” Sonu Sood wrote on social media.
According to media reports, Sonu Sood is also accused of having violated the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) when he was raising donations from abroad. Sonu Sood has been a messiah of sorts for the common man in India who was left devastated following the second wave of COVID-19. Sonu and his team had worked tirelessly to ensure beds, medicines, and oxygen for people at a time when hospitals were taking to Twitter to send out SOS calls saying that they were running out of oxygen.
“I have been busy attending to a few guests, hence was unable to be at your service, for the last four days. Here I am back again in all humility. At your humble service, for life,” Sonu added in his statement.
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— sonu sood (@SonuSood) September 20, 2021
“During the course of search at the premises of the actor and his associates, incriminating evidence pertaining to tax evasion has 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,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes said in a statement, according to PTI.