Mumbai: The Income Tax (IT) department officials conducted searches at actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood’s residence in Mumbai for the second consecutive day on Thursday ostensibly in connection with allegations of alleged tax evasion in a real estate deal.

A day after they conducted searches at six premises in Mumbai and Lucknow linked to Sood, the IT officials descended on the actor’s Juhu residence in Mumbai to carry out what they called “survey” in connection with the alleged tax evasion.

The IT officials reportedly went through bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or other business transactions during the 'survey', for suspected tax evasion. However, there was no official statement from the IT department regarding the searches conducted by its officials for the second consecutive day.

The action against Sood has come on the heels of the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government declaring him as a brand ambassador for its mentorship programme for school students in Delhi.

On its part, the ruling BJP at the Centre has denied that the searches on Sood’s premises had anything to do with politics

Forty-eight year-old Sood, whose humanitarian work during the Covid-19 triggered lockdown period has earned him a lot of goodwill among the people across the country,  has so far not commented on the raging speculations about his joining the Aam Admi Party (AAP) and contesting the Punjab Assembly elections next year.

It may be recalled that Sood had organised special flights and buses home for migrants stranded in Mumbai after the lockdown declared last year and he also organised Oxygen for Covid-19 patients at the peak of “second wave” in April-May this year.  

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