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Sonu Sood issues statement after alleged 20 crore tax evasion, says time will tell his story

After the Income Tax Department surveyed actor Sonu Sood's office, property, and residence, the actor penned a note on social media. In the statement, the actor said that he does not need to tell ‘his side of the story'. Sonu Sood also said that every rupee of his foundation goes to the needy or to save a life. He further added that he also urged brands to donate their endorsement fees to charities. He also said that he was not able to help people for a few days as he was attending guests and from now will be back to helping people in need.

The actor captioned the post with a Hindi couplet, saying that he has the support and well-wishes of every Indian. Take a look at his statement below:

Meanwhile, The Income Tax department claims to have unearthed tax evasion of Rs 20 crore, illegal foreign donations, and other irregularities after surveys conducted at several properties linked to Sonu Sood. The I-T department conducted a search and seizure operation at several premises in Mumbai linked to Sonu Sood, and also a Lucknow-based group of industries engaged in infrastructure development. It also accused Sonu Sood of violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) while raising donations from abroad. A total of 28 premises spread over Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi, and Gurgaon were covered in the search operation that was conducted for four days.

During the course of the searches conducted at the actor and his associates' premises, the I-T department claimed to have found evidence of tax evasion. I-T department sources claimed that the modus operandi followed by the actor had been to route his unaccounted income in the form of bogus unsecured loans from many bogus entities.

Sonu Sood's humanitarian efforts during the pandemic have won him a huge fan following across the country in the past year. The 48-years actor was lauded for his charitable work, helping migrants and those in medical crises.

He organized special flights home for migrants stranded by last year's lockdown and in April-May. At the peak of the second wave, he was one of the most active celebrities organizing oxygen for Covid patients.

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