Panama leaks probe: multi-agency group submits reports to govt.

MAG comprises officials from the RBI, I-T department, Financial Intelligence Unit and Foreign Tax and Tax Research.

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:18 am IST

Published - June 22, 2016 11:33 am IST - New Delhi

The multi-agency group (MAG) probing the Panama papers leaks, which has named around 500 Indians who have allegedly stashed money in offshore entities, has submitted three reports to the government.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has also been updating the Special Investigation Team (SIT), set up under the directions of the Supreme Court to monitor cases related to black money, according to the Revenue Department.

The government had, in April, formed MAG to investigate the legality of the money deposited in Panama.

MAG comprises officials from the RBI, I-T department, Financial Intelligence Unit and Foreign Tax and Tax Research.

“The purpose of constituting MAG is to ensure speedy and coordinated investigation in the cases of persons whose names have appeared in the Panama paper leaks. Investigations in such cases are being conducted by respective investigating agencies and the progress is being monitored by MAG,” the department said.

The issue of undisclosed foreign income was discussed in the zonal conference of tax officers and it was decided to focus on expeditious action, follow-up action in cases where prosecution complaints have been filed and taking of effective steps for recovery of demands raised.

The thrust areas identified at the conference also include expeditious analysis of evidence gathered from all possible sources, examination of implications of the newly enacted foreign black money law and examination of requests of other law enforcement agencies for sharing of relevant information and documents.

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