New Delhi: After tax raids took place at his offices in Mumbai a few days ago, actor Sonu Sood has now finally reacted to the ongoing controversy.
The `Dabangg` star, who has been providing assistance to those in need amid the ongoing pandemic through his charitable trust, on Monday, posted a statement on his social media handles.
"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," the post read.
“सख्त राहों में भी आसान सफर लगता है,
हर हिंदुस्तानी की दुआओं का असर लगता है” pic.twitter.com/0HRhnpf0sY
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) September 20, 2021
He also shared that on many occasions, he has "encouraged brands to donate my endorsement fees for humanitarian causes too, which keeps us going." "I have been busy attending to a few guests hence was unable to be at your service, for the last 4 days. Here I am back again in all humility. At your humble service, for life," the statement concluded.
According to Income Tax Department, Sonu and his associates were involved in Rs 20 crore tax evasion and violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) while raising funds from abroad. The I-T department also alleged violation of the FCRA by the Sood Charity Foundation, a non-profit charity organisation established during the pandemic last year. The investigation is still underway.
Showing the faith in the actor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tagged Sonu as the hero to millions of Indians and tweeted, "More power to u Sonu ji. U are a hero to millions of Indians."
More power to u Sonu ji. U are a hero to millions of Indians https://t.co/TACjG8ugOP
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 20, 2021
For the unversed, actor turned philanthropist and social activist Sonu Sood, turned a real-life hero amid deadly novel coronavirus pandemic. He was popularly known as the messiah of common man.