In a big setback for Bollywood star Sonu Sood, the Income Tax Department ‘surveyed’ his Mumbai offices and homes in the suburbs on Wednesday (September 15).
According to sources, the Income Tax Department is investigating a land purchase between a Sonu Sood-owned firm and a Lucknow-based real estate firm after a tax fraud charge was filed. The I-T’survey’ at Sonu Sood’s premises began in the morning and lasted until at least 7 p.m. According to sources, the IT department has yet to make any seizures in the case.
After Sonu Sood’s recent meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who named him the brand ambassador for his government’s mentorship programme for school pupils in Delhi, the I-T’survey’ was launched. Later, however, Sonu Sood stated that he will not be joining the AAP.
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, spoke out in support of Sonu Sood, saying that the actor has the prayers of all those families who relied on him through difficult times. He went on to say that the road to truth is paved with millions of obstacles, but the truth always triumphs.
“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.
Several other AAP leaders also came out in Sonu Sood’s support. “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.