The Income Tax Department conducted survey operations at properties linked to Sonu Sood for four days, starting on September 15. They claimed to have found evidence of tax evasion in relation to the funds collected for his foundation. Now, Sonu Sood has opened up about the raids in an interview. The actor said that the officials applauded his work and he intends to keep at his mission of helping people.
The Income Tax department claimed that they have unearthed tax evasion of Rs 20 crore, illegal foreign donations and several other irregularities after surveys conducted at Sonu Sood’s properties. A total of 28 premises in Mumbai, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jaipur, Delhi and Gurgaon were searched in the raids conducted over four days. Talking about that to BT, he said, “We have presented every single document, in fact, more documents than they wanted. I don’t have an inch of land in Jaipur or Lucknow as alleged and we have already provided the documents for that.”
He added, “As far as the violation of the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) norms go, any company or a foundation that’s listed for more than three years is eligible for an FCRA registration to receive funds. My foundation is not registered, so I can’t receive these funds. The funds are still lying with the crowdfunding platform. I was just a voice for that platform to raise funds. All the help goes directly from the crowdfunding platform to the hospital (where a needy patient is being treated) or the medical colleges for education.”
Sonu Sood revealed that the Income Tax department officials appreciated the work he has been doing. The actor said, “When they left, I said, ‘I am going to miss you,’ and we all had a good laugh. They acknowledged the kind of work that I have been doing. They appreciated my work and said, ‘We know the kind of work that you have been doing. It is phenomenal.’ They were kind and sweet.”
Sonu Sood said that whether he is there or not, patients should get help and that’s why he is planning to open a hospital in Hyderabad. “I am planning to open a hospital in Hyderabad. A large number of patients that came to us, were treated at hospitals there. The medical infrastructure at some hospitals in Hyderabad is on a different level. The idea is that in the next 50 years, whether Sonu Sood remains or not, the free treatment of patients should continue with this charitable hospital. My dreams are big and I am on a mission,” he said.