NRI clerk links small UP town to Paradise Papers

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Pratap Singh, a 59-year-old NRI clerk working in a money exchange company in Dubai has a modest two-storey house at a nondescript town in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, but “has made it” to the list of the 714 Indians mentioned in the Paradise Papers — a leak that links American investments worth around six million US dollars to several entities in different parts of India.

At a nondescript town in Rampur district, a 59-year-old NRI clerk working in a money exchange company in Dubai has a modest two-storey house, but “has made it” to the list of the 714 Indians mentioned in the Paradise Papers.

Vinay Tiwari’s life is nowhere close to the image of a swashbuckling tycoon or a high-trotting business baron. The 59-year old NRI clerk lives in a modest two-storey house at a nondescript town in Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, but “has made it” to the list of the 714 Indians mentioned in the Paradise Papers — a trove of 13.4 million documents leaked last year by a group called ‘The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’.

Saini, who works at a money exchange company in Dubai, managed to make it to the list of 714 Indians named in the Paradise Papers. The NRI’s house is situated at a nondescript town in Rampur district, Uttar Pradesh.

The Paradise Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in 2017, have opened a can of worms. While names ranging from Queen Elizabeth to Bono have been linked with offshore entities and transactions worth billions of dollars, for one NRI clerk working in a money exchange company in Dubai the biggest takeaway was that he got to feature on a global platform.

The Paradise Papers revealed that Irfan Ahmed, a 59-year-old NRI clerk working in a money exchange company in Dubai was linked to former MP Navtej Singh despite being named as an assessee in the tax haven jurisdiction. The local income tax department has initiated probe against him while the income tax (I-T) department has been asked to send details about Ahmed’s bank accounts, investments and other financial dealings overseas.

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