Panama Papers: RBI warns jumping to conclusions

Panama Papers RBI warns jumping to conclusionsNEW DELHI: Cautioning against jumping to conclusions with regard to Panama Papers, the Reserve Bank on Wednesday said it will have to look into the evidence to find out what is legitimate or not.

Panama Papers have disclosed a list of nearly 500 Indians including celebrities and industrialists who have allegedly stashed money in offshore entities in Panama, considered to be a tax haven.

Government has set up a task force and RBI is a part of it, RBI Deputy Governor S S Mundra said on the sidelines of an event organized by Assocham here.

“It would be too hasty to jump to a conclusion that everything is illegitimate or everything is legitimate. There would be all kind of cases once the details are available, we will look into the evidence along with the team. Then it would be fair to reach to a conclusion,” he said.

Soon after the Panama Paper disclosure, the government set up a group, which includes officials from CBDT, RBI and FIU (Financial Intelligence Unit) to investigate whether the money deposited in the tax heaven are legal or illegal.

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan had said on Tuesday that the multi-agency probe will look into the legitimacy of such holdings of Indians named in the leaked Panama list.

It is important to note that there are legitimate reasons to have accounts outside and the LRS scheme allows you to take money outside, he had said.

Under the Liberalized Remittance Scheme (LRS), all resident individuals, including minors, are allowed to freely remit up to USD 2,50,000 per financial year for any permissible current or capital account transaction or a combination of both.

Besides, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money is also investigating thoroughly the Panama Papers issue.

“Investigations are being carried out. We are going to investigate it (the list) thoroughly,” SIT Chairman Justice (retd) M B Shah had said.–PTI

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