#Panama Papers : Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Appears Before Enforcement Directorate After Summons Were Issued

Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in a case linked to the 2016 ‘Panama Papers’ global tax leaks case, official sources said.

The 48-year-old daughter-in-law of superstar Amitabh Bachchan is being questioned and her statement is being recorded under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

The actor has also submitted some documents to the agency when she appeared before the agency at its office near India Gate. Dubbed ‘Panama Papers’, an investigation of a stockpile of records from Panamanian legal firm Mossack Fonseca by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in 2016 had named several world leaders and celebrities who allegedly stashed away money abroad in offshore companies.

Some of them are stated to be holding valid overseas accounts. The leaks tranche had a total of 426 India-linked cases. The ED has been probing the case linked to the Bachchans since 2016-17.

It had issued notices to the Bachchan family asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) and regulated under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

Some documents were submitted by the Bachchans to the agency then. Some other instances of alleged irregularities linked to the family are also under the scanner of the federal probe agency, the sources said.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, married to Amitabh Bachchan’s actor son Abhishek, was stated by the ICIJ to have links with an offshore entity in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) that was created in 2005. Her family was also stated to be part of this offshore entity that had an “initial authorised capital of USD 50,000.” The company was reportedly dissolved in 2008.

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