Panama Papers III: Niira Radia surfaces in the expose

New Delhi: The founder of Vaishnavi Communications, Niira Radia, whose taped telephonic chats about 2G spectrum sale with some of the most prominent people in India became a matter of a probe, has now surfaced in the 'Panama Papers' expose.

Her name is allegedly linked to a company in British Virgin Islands, which her office has denied, The Indian Express reported on Wednesday.

In the article, as Part 3 of the expose on Indians having alleged offshore links, Radia is said to have figured prominently as a director in the 232 documents pertaining to the company listed in the tax haven, Crownmart International Group.

The list published by the newspaper on Wednesday also has the names of top diamond merchants including Harshad Ramniklal Mehta of Rosy Blue and Chetan Mehta of the Belgium-based Gembel family.

On Radia, the paper said: "An investigation of these papers shows the existence of one offshore entity owned by Radia, an International Business Company registered in the British Virgin Islands by Mossack Fonseka in 1994 named Crownmart International Group Limited."

In response, her office said the said entity was set up by her late father Iqbal Narain Menon and that she was not a beneficiary. Also, Radia had disclosed her assets to the authorities in UK and India and that such information was personal and confidential for third parties.

The list also names Hyderabad-based Moturi Srinivas Prasad, Satish Modi of Modi Global and Rahul Arunprasad Patel of Sintex Industries among others.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau