New Delhi: Former Indian cricket team captain and batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, is among the celebrities named in the Pandora Papers leak, which claims to have exposed the offshore dealings of world leaders, politicians, celebrities, and billionaires, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) latest investigation.
The Pandora Papers reportedly features around 600 journalists from media and the investigation is based on the leak of 11.9 million documents from 14 financial services. The ICIJ which features investigative journalists from BBC and The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom has mentioned several famous names and powerful world leaders in the investigation of Pandora Papers.
According to the ICIJ report, people linked by the secret documents to offshore assets include legendary cricketer Tendulkar, pop music icon Shakira, supermodel Claudia Schiffer, and an Italian mobster. To note, the batting legend Tendulkar remained one of the highest-paid cricketers in his decorated career across all formats.
Tendulkar’s investment is legitimate tells his Attorney
As per the ICIJ report, it has been learned that Tendulkar’s attorney has claimed that the former cricketer’s investment is legitimate. “Tendulkar’s attorney said the cricket player’s investment is legitimate and has been declared to tax authorities. Shakira’s attorney said the singer declared her companies, which the attorney said do not provide tax advantages. Schiffer’s representatives said the supermodel correctly pays her taxes in the UK, where she lives,” the ICIJ noted.
ICIJ’s latest investigation also suggested that members of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s cadre covertly own companies and trusts worth millions of dollars. Khan, a former cricketer and Pakistan’s World Cup-winning captain has vowed to take ‘appropriate action’ if any wrongdoing by Pakistani citizens is mentioned in the investigation. “We welcome the Pandora Papers exposing the ill-gotten wealth of elites, accumulated through tax evasion & corruption & laundered out to financial havens,” Khan said.