Hours after being summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was questioned for five hours straight in headquarters in central Delhi on Monday. The actress was questioned in relation to the allegations over forex violations related to the ‘Panama Papers. It is learned that Aishwarya Rai had submitted foreign payments records received over the past 15 years.
Sources at ED confirmed that the probe agency recorded her statement over claims she parked her money in a company based in the British Virgin Islands. Sources said Aishwarya Rai is one of the directors of an entity/trust which is being probed for alleged money laundering of tax evaded income.
Her mother and other family members are also likely to be questioned in the same case for their involvement with the entity. The actor allegedly exited the company in 2009; it was acquired by Dubai-based BKR Adonis.
Leaked financial records of politicians, industrialists, and celebrities worldwide were reviewed and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Over 300 Indians were said to be part of the ‘Panama Papers’