The 2016 Panama Papers revelations which took away almost everything from Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is said to be eyeing Bollywood’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan next. As per reports, Amitabh Bachchan and his family are likely to be summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Panama Papers scandal.

According to PTI, ED has received replies from the Bachchans in connection of the notices which were issued to them earlier.

Commenting on the matter, the ED official said that they had issued notices to the Bachchan family a while ago asking them to explain their foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

The officials also confirmed that ED has received their replies on the notices which were issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Talking to PTI, the official said, “The replies have been received. They could be soon summoned as part of the probe.”

In 2016, the Panama Papers revealed that how offshore firms are being used by the rich and the powerful of different countries to stash their wealth, with his name listed, Amitabh Bachchan is also being probed by the Income Tax Department (I-T). Sources also claimed that the tax officials are currently probing the Bollywood megastar’s offshore remittances.

Firing cannons at the Centre, Delhi ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP) claimed that the Central Government is protecting industrialists, celebrities and family members of political leaders whose names have appeared in the Panama Papers leak.

The party said the Centre was ‘not acting’ against such people despite there being serious charges against them.

Previously, after Nawaz Sharif was named in Panama Papers scandal, Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan‘s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), which has petitioned against the Sharifs in the case of alleged illegal money laundering, has sought disqualification of the 67-year-old Prime Minister.

Khan had alleged that Sharif misled the nation in his address on April 5 and the National Assembly where he spoke on May 16 last year, denying the allegations that he and his family had laundered money to purchase assets in London in the 1990s when he twice served as Prime Minister.

First Published | 28 September 2017 8:07 AM
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