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ED summoned Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the Panama Papers case

In the Panama Papers case, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been called to testify before the ED. She has already requested two adjournments.

A postponement request was submitted to the special investigative team looking into the Panama Papers issue.

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The Panama Papers are a set of leaked documents that reveal widespread fraud and tax evasion by individuals and corporate entities around the world.

Suddeutsche Zeitung, a German newspaper, was the first to get the documents. At least 12,000 of the new documents had Indians on them.

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More than 500 Indians were mentioned in the data of Mossack Fonseca, a legal firm located in tax haven Panama, in a previous breach published in 2016.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s name was among 500 Indians implicated in a significant leak of 11.5 million tax data that exposed their covert offshore transactions. The list also included the name of Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

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The multi-agency group (MAG) put up by the federal government is investigating 426 Indians, according to the report. The MAG had discovered black money worth more than Rs 1,000 crore while investigating leads from the 2016 leak.

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, said in July that he was promised Rs 1,000 crore to withdraw the Panama Papers lawsuit against previous Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was also included in the document.

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Nawaz Sharif was disqualified for dishonesty by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which also ordered that corruption proceedings be initiated against him and his children.

A new leak of Panama Papers has already been revealed two years after the original one.

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Following are some of the Indian persons whose ties to offshore firms were confirmed in the new leak:

• Bollywood Superstar “Amitabh Bachchan”
• Delhi Lok Satta Party’s former leader, Anurag Kejriwal
• Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee’s son Jehangir Sorabjee
• KP Singh of DLF Group, along with his immediate family
• Mehrasons Jewellers’ Navin Mehra
• Underworld Don Iqbal Mirchi’s wife, Hajra Iqbal Memon
• SUN group patriarch Nand Lal Khemka’s son Shiv Vikram Khemka

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The ED has also recently summoned actor Abhishek Bacchan for interrogation. The Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999 was used to issue the summons to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan.

An SIT made up of officials from the Income Tax, ED, and other agencies are investigating the Panama Papers case.

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