Aishwarya Rai Bachchan summoned by ED.

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been summoned to appear before the ED in the Panama Papers case after 2 adjournments. (File photo)

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 20, 2021 13:39 IST

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been summoned to appear before the Enforcement Directorate in the Panama Papers case. She had sought adjournments on two occasions earlier.

The plea of adjournment was made to the special investigation team probing the Panama Papers case.

The Panama Papers pertain to leaked documents that point towards fraud and tax evasion by many individuals and corporate entities across the world.

The leaked documents were originally obtained by German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung. At least 12,000 of these fresh documents are linked to Indians. The previous leak was reported in 2016 where more than 500 Indians were named in the documents of Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in tax haven Panama.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s name featured in the list of 500 Indians who were named in the massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents exposing their secret offshore dealings. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s name also featured in the list.

The report stated that 426 Indians are under the scrutiny of the multi-agency group (MAG) set up by the central government. Black money of over Rs 1,000 crore had been detected by the MAG probing the leads from 2016 leak.

Earlier in July, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had alleged that he was offered Rs 1,000 crore on behalf of Shahbaz Sharif to withdraw the Panama Papers case against former PM Nawaz Sharif, who was also named in the case. The Supreme Court of Pakistan took action against Nawaz Sharif and disqualified him for dishonesty and ordered corruption cases to be filed against him and his children.

Two years after the first leak of documents, a fresh leak of Panama Papers was reported. Those Indian nationals whose links to offshore entities were confirmed in the fresh leak included:

Actor Abhishek Bacchan had also recently been summoned for questioning by the ED. The summons to Aishwarya and Abhishek were issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.

The Panama Papers case is being probed by an SIT consisting of officers from ED, Income Tax, and other agencies.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan leaves Enforcement Directorate office after being questioned for over 5 hours in Panama Papers case

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan left the Enforcement Directorate’s Delhi offices on Monday night after being questioned for over five hours in connection to alleged forex violations related to the Panama Papers case.

The probe agency has recorded Aishwarya’s statement in the case as she is facing allegations of stashing wealth abroad in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). As per reports, it is alleged that the actress parked her money in a company based in the British Virgin Islands.

Aishwarya Rai questioned for six hours during Panama Papers leak summon

Aishwarya was summoned by ED earlier twice but she sought more time. The Enforcement Directorate started investigating the case in 2017. It issued notices to the Bachchan family asking them to explain foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of the Reserve Bank of India.

Reportedly, Aishwarya has submitted foreign payments records received over the past  15 years.

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