Aishwarya Rai Bachchan questioned for alleged exchange rate violations

Aishwarya Rai had been summoned earlier for questioning, but twice asked for more time

Strong points

  • The actor was interviewed by the Execution Directorate today
  • The investigative agency recorded the 48-year-old actor’s statement in Delhi
  • She had also been summoned earlier but twice asked for more time

New Delhi:

Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan left the offices of the Enforcement Directorate in Delhi on Monday evening after being questioned for more than five hours in connection with alleged forex violations linked to the “Panama Papers”.

It is not known if the actor was summoned for further questioning at a later date.

The investigative agency recorded her statement that she deposited her money with a company based in the British Virgin Islands, sources said.

Aishwarya Rai, 48, the daughter-in-law of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, had been summoned earlier but had twice requested more time.

The Law Enforcement Directorate began investigating the allegations in 2017.

He sent notices to the Bachchan family asking them to explain the foreign remittances since 2004 under the Liberalized Transfer Program (LRS) of the Reserve Bank of India.

Sources said that Aishwarya Rai submitted records of foreign payments received over the past 15 years.

Sources said she was appointed director of an offshore company – Amic Partners – established in the British Virgin Islands in 2004. Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca registered the company, which had a paid-up capital of 50,000. $.

The actor would have left the company in 2009; it was acquired by BKR Adonis, based in Dubai.

The “Panama Papers” case is a sprawling investigation covering millions of documents stolen from Mossack Fonseca and disclosed to the media in 2016.

The case involves allegations that the world’s rich and powerful opened offshore accounts, or shell companies, to avoid taxes.

Leaked financial records of politicians, industrialists and celebrities around the world have been reviewed and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

More than 300 Indians were part of the “Panama Papers”.