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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan summoned by Enforcement Directorate

The Enforcement Directorate of India has summoned Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in connection with the Panama Papers Leak case.

According to reports, the agency asked Aishwarya to appear before the investigators in Delhi on December 20.

Rai reached ED's Jamnagar House office in the national capital. ED had summoned Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in connection with the Panama Papers leak case.

The agency was required to record the statement of the 48-year-old actress in the case over allegations of stashing wealth abroad under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.

Reportedly, the agency had summoned her several times earlier, but she could not appear and sought the following dates.

The Panama Papers pertain to leaked documents that point towards fraud and tax evasion by many individuals and corporate entities across the world. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's name featured in the list of 500 Indians in the massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents exposing their secret offshore dealings.

"The Panama Papers" case is a sprawling investigation spanning millions of documents stolen and leaked to the media in 2016, which involve allegations that the world's rich and powerful set up offshore accounts or shell companies to avoid taxes.

Many Indian celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, were named in this paper leak. All the people were accused of tax fraud.

The ED had issued notices to the Bachchan family asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of the Reserve Bank of India.

Over 300 Indians were said to be part of the Panama Papers case.


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