Panama Papers Part II: Politicians, industrialists, underworld don

New Delhi: Politicians, industrialists and a deceased underworld don are among those with alleged off-shore links, the Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

In a series of articles under "Panama Papers Part 2," the paper published its second list of Indian names, along with an article on how an aide of don Dawood Ibrahim used a set of 17 entities to buy properties abroad.

Named in the second list, with some repeats are: politician Anurag Kejriwal, industrialists Gautam and Karan Thapar, businesspeople Ranjeev Dahuja and Kapil Sain Goel, jeweller Ashwini Kumar Mehra, Kolkata-based businessman Ashok Malhotra, and pharmaceuticals maker Vinod Ramachandra Jadhav.

Also named in the list are IT consultant Gautam Seengal, agribusiness owner Vivek Jain, retired government employee Prabhash Sankhla, and garment exporters Satish Govind Samtani, Vishal Bahadur and Harish Mohnani.

The paper also gave glimpses of their alleged modus operandi.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday ordered a multi-agency probe team on the expose, conducted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the reporters on Monday that a multi-agency probe team, comprising of officials from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had been set up.

Earlier, the English daily ran several pages of the investigation reports on Monday alleging, among other people, Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai were directors in companies in Panama. Others named in the report were Sameer Gehlaut of Indiabulls, K.P. Singh of DLF, elder brother of industrialist Gautam Adani, Vinod Adani, politician Shishir Bajoria from West Bengal and Anurag Kejriwal of Loksatta Party.

On Iqbal Mirchi, the associate of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, who died in London in 2013, the expose alleges that he and his family took the off-shore route to buy properties in countries like Cyprus, Turkey, Morocco and Spain.

(With agency inputs)

News24 Bureau