ED summons Aishwarya Rai in Panama Papers leak case

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for questioning in a case related to the Panama Papers leak case. The ED has been probing the case since 2016 when the global leak came to light.

The ED issued a notice to the Bachchan family asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS).

Why is the Bachchan family being probed:

Amitabh Bachchan has been made director of 4 companies, 3 in Bahamas and 1 in Virgin Islands. These companies were created in 1993.

The capital of these companies is between 5,000 to 50,000 US dollars.

Aishwarya Rai was initially made a director of one of these companies, but later she was declared a shareholder.

His parents and brother were also declared as partners in the company.

This company was formed in 2005 and was dissolved in 2008.

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Some other cases of alleged irregularities involving the family are also under the scanner of the Federal Investigation Agency, officials said.

Dubbed as the Panama Papers, an investigation into the stockpile of records of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists named several world leaders and celebrities who allegedly made money overseas in offshore companies. had deposited. Some of them are said to have valid foreign accounts.

Here are some details that you should know about the Panama Papers leak case, taken from the questions being asked in Rajya Sabha:

Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Shekhar Ray raised some questions regarding the Panama Papers in August 2021.

– As of 01.06.2021, Panama Papers leaks have revealed total undisclosed credits of Rs 20,078 crore in respect of entities linked to India.

Disclosure of information about specific taxpayers is prohibited except as provided under section 138 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and section 84 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015.

The Income Tax Department is taking appropriate action in the case of persons who are found to be involved in the violation of provisions of various Acts administered by the Income Tax Department such as Income Tax Act, 1961 and Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income). and property) and the imposition of the Tax Act, 2015, etc.

Such actions under the Direct Taxes Act include search and seizure, survey, inquiry, assessment and reassessment of income, levying tax with interest, imposition of penalty, filing complaints of prosecution in criminal courts, etc.

Criminal prosecution complaints have been filed in 46 cases of Panama Papers leak, out of which 20 cases are under Income Tax Act, 1961 and 26 cases under Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Tax Act, 2015. kept together.

There were 426 cases of unique entities related to India in the Panama Papers leak.

Investigation has been done in all 426 cases.

(with inputs from agencies)

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