Aishwarya Rai Bachchan appeared on Monday before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in a case linked to the 2016 ‘Panama Papers’ global tax leaks case, official sources said on Monday. The 48-year-old daughter-in-law of superstar Amitabh Bachchan is being questioned by the agency under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
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.
Earlier a top ED official confirmed that she was summoned to join the probe by Monday.
“We summoned her for December 20. As of now we haven’t got any reply from her side. The summon was sent to her Mumbai residence,” said an ED official.
If she doesn’t join the probe, the ED will think of further legal action. They might seek legal opinion from the experts to decide the future course of action, added the official.
It isn’t the first time that the actor has been summoned in the case.
She was summoned earlier on two occasions. However, she didn’t join the probe. Earlier on November 9, Aishwarya was summoned to record her testimony in the case.
The ED had lodged a case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) after the Panama Papers showed how companies were set up in offshore islands to avoid taxes.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and others are named in the case.
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