The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) summoned Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Monday for questioning in the case of the leak of the Panama Papers, the Economic Times reported. The agency asked the actress to appear in her office to be questioned and to record her statement. However, Aishwarya has reportedly sought another date for questioning.
ANI confirmed the development in a tweet, as it tweeted: “The Directorate of Enforcement summons Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a case that is being investigated by the agency: Fuentes.” According to the news agency, the ED registered a money laundering case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act of 2002 (PMLA) against the actress. Indeed, Aishwarya was reportedly summoned twice, but requested time to appear before the emergency department.
The Panama Papers came to light in 2016 when they were leaked by a whistleblower named John Doe. He leaked the documents to a German journalist Bastian Obermayer. With almost 11.5 million documents leaked, the Panama Papers include financial details of almost 214,488 offshore entities.
Several big names from around the world were mentioned in the leak. These included current or former world leaders, public officials, politicians, celebrities, and corporate individuals. The Panamanian offshore law firm and corporate services provider Mossack Fonseca was responsible for making these documents. In March 2018, the Mossack Fonseca company stated that it would cease operating at the end of that month due to “irreversible damage” to its image as a direct consequence of the Panama Papers.
This is a story in development.