Income Tax Department lens on Amitabh Bachchan and Others in Panama Paper Case

Amitabh Bachchan

New Delhi: In the Panama Papers case, the names of many big stars came out, including Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The Income Tax Department is working with a lot of ‘aggressiveness’ on this matter. The department has also sent a senior officer to the British Virgin Islands to gather more information in the matter.

The British Virgin Islands located in the Caribbean Islands are among the many tax haven countries. The Income Tax Department has filed a case for 33 names which appeared in Panama Papers and investigations are going on against the rest.

On condition of anonymity, an official told the Emit Post “There is no laxity in the investigation. We are quickly collecting information from other countries. Since the removal of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from his post in the Panama Paper case, the Indian tax agency has been facing criticism such as pulling the issue long.

When the officer was asked whether allegations against Amitabh Bachchan were being investigated. On this, the official said, “Mr. Bachchan says that he does not have any access to any firm that comes out of the documents. So we can not start a direct inquiry. We have to gather more information. ‘

The official said, “We have sent CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) officer to the British Virgin Islands to collect more information. We are also seeking information from many other countries. After this, we will assess the information and find out whether any law has been violated. ‘

The so-called Panama-Papers brought names of many big film stars, politicians, and businessmen. Amitabh Bachchan denied any wrong doing. Amitabh had said that he sent money abroad only under Indian rules. He also denied having any connection with the companies that came in front of Panama Papers.

The official said, “Some of the accounts revealed are real and they have also come in front of giving details of the names. The process of collecting information is quite long. ‘

The documents of Panama Papers were leaked by a law firm based in Panama-Mossack Fonseca. This firm has offices in 35 countries. The Panama Papers contains names of 140 politicians from 50 countries who are allegedly falsified accounts. It includes 12 existing and former heads of state. Apart from this, the names of 29 billionaires included in the list of players, administrators, and Forbes are also in these papers.

India is part of the Global Task Force for the investigation of Panama Papers. This Force will share information and investigate each other’s case.