According to the Economic Times, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summoned Aishwarya Rai Bachchan on Monday for questioning in the Panama Papers leak case. The agency summoned the actress to their office for questioning and recording her statement. Aishwarya, on the other hand, is said to have requested another date for questioning.
The news was confirmed by ANI, which tweeted, “Enforcement Directorate summons Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a case being investigated by the agency: Sources.” According to the news agency, the ED has filed a money laundering case against the actress under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA). In fact, Aishwarya was reportedly summoned twice but failed to appear before the ED each time.
The Panama Papers were made public in 2016 after a whistleblower named John Doe leaked them. He gave the documents to Bastian Obermayer, a German journalist. The Panama Papers include financial information for nearly 214,488 offshore entities and account for nearly 11.5 million leaked documents.
The leak named a number of well-known people from around the world. These individuals included current or former world leaders, public officials, politicians, celebrities, and business executives. These documents were created by the Panamanian offshore law firm and corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca. Mossack Fonseca announced in March 2018 that it would cease operations at the end of the month due to “irreversible damage” to their image as a result of the Panama Papers.