Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar was one of the prominent personalities in a host of prominent personalities whose financial secrets have been uncovered in the leaked documents popularly known as the Pandora Papers.
Apart from Tendulkar many world leaders, politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories, including India, were investigated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
The ICIJ is an independent international network of more than 200 investigative journalists and 100 media organizations in over 70 countries and is based in Washington, D.C.
Sachin Tendulkar, Music popstar Shakira involved in the offshore assets: ICIJ report
According to the investigation by ICIJ, it obtained the trove of more than 11.9 million confidential files to find secret financial dealings of many super-rich.
“People linked by the secret documents to offshore assets include India’s cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar, pop music diva Shakira, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and an Italian mobster known as ‘Lell the Fat One’,” ICIJ’s report read, as reported by news agency PTI.
“Tendulkar’s attorney said the cricket player’s investment is legitimate and has been declared to tax authorities. Shakira’s attorney said the singer declared her companies, which the attorney said do not provide tax advantages. Schiffer’s representatives said the supermodel correctly pays her taxes in the UK, where she lives,” the report mentioned.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s finance minister also part of the ICIJ investigation
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, who is currently the Prime Minister of his country, is also linked in the investigation as details of the offshore holdings of one of his cabinet ministers were disclosed.
“ICIJ’s latest investigation, the Pandora Papers, brings renewed attention to the use of offshore companies by Pakistani political players. This time, the offshore holdings of people close to (Prime Minister Imran) Khan are being disclosed, including his finance minister and a top financial backer,” the findings claim.
“The findings by ICIJ and its media partners spotlight how deeply secretive finance has infiltrated global politics – and offer insights into why governments and global organisations have made little headway in ending offshore financial abuses,” it mentioned.
The ICIJ is comprised of the BBC and The Guardian newspaper in the UK and The Indian Express in India among 150 media outlets in this investigation.