Panama Papers Leak: B-Town Star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Summoned for Allegedly Stashing Wealth Abroad
09:02 GMT 20.12.2021 (Updated: 20:50 GMT 19.10.2022)
© AP Photo / Joel C RyanFILE - In this May 19, 2019 file photo, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Hidden Life' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France. Rai Bachchan turns 48 on Nov. 1.
© AP Photo / Joel C Ryan
The Panama Papers is a sprawling investigation spanning millions of documents, stolen and leaked to the media in 2016, from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca. The leak revealed many of the world's rich and powerful had set up offshore accounts and shell companies to avoid taxes. Over 300 Indians were said to be named in this case.
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the daughter-in-law of megastar Amitabh Bachchan, was summoned by the economic intelligence agency, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Monday in connection with the Panama Papers leak, the news agency ANI has reported, citing sources.
The actress has been called in for questioning over allegations of stashing wealth abroad after her name appeared in the Panama Papers.
The ED had earlier registered a money laundering case against the actress under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
She was reportedly summoned for questioning earlier as well but had sought time twice.
Several Indian politicians, industrialists, and celebrities were named in the leaked financial records reviewed and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.