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ED summons Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Panama Papers leak case

By Priyanka Verma 
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Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Panama papers leak case, sources said today.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 48, the daughter-in-law of superstar Amitabh Bachchan, has been asked to depose before the agency in Delhi.

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.

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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, the official added.

Aishwarya was summoned twice before. However, she didn’t join the probe. On November 9, Aishwarya was summoned to record her testimony in the case.

“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.

Leaked financial records of politicians, industrialists and celebrities were reviewed and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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

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According to news agency , the Enforcement Directorate 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.

Recently Aishwarya and Abhishek returned from Maldives, after celebrating daughter Aaradhya’s 10 th birthday there. The couple had dropped dreamy pictures from their beach holiday on Instagram.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was last seen on screen in ‘Fanney Khan’ in 2018. She will make a comeback after four long years with filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s ambitious historical fiction drama ‘Ponniyin Selvan’. The actress will reportedly be playing a double role in this film which is based on iconic writer Kalki Krishnamurthy’s historical fiction novel of the same name. Set in the backdrop of Chola Dynasty, the epic novel has been adapted for the big screen by Ratnam along with writer B. Jeyamohan, who has penned dialogues for the movie.

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