Ritu Sarin



Ritu Sarin is Executive Editor (News and Investigation)

Offshore trail: Queries sent to 12 countries
Tue, Jul 19, 2016

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has been informed about this action and till date four status reports have been submitted to it by the Multi-Agency Group.

Under IT, ED scanner, Sanjay Bhandari stopped from boarding UK flight
Sun, Jul 10, 2016

Officials said that following his failed attempt to travel abroad, Bhandari has started to appear for questioning, but continues to be evasive.

Panama Papers: I-T search teams follow offshore money trail to brewery in Shillong
Sat, Jul 09, 2016

Panama Papers is an investigation by ICIJ, involving more than 100 media organisations including The Indian Express, into leaked data of offshore entities set up for clients by the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

CAG seeks details of undeclared taxes, offshore assets
Fri, Jul 01, 2016

Details of undisclosed taxes and income could only be revealed in cases in which probe had concluded, said CBDT officials.

Will bring tapping to SC notice, make it part of Essar leaks case: Prashant Bhushan
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

The latter relates to emails “leaked” by a whistleblower that show an alleged “nexus” between the company and politicians, bureaucrats and journalists.

Essar phone tapping: In ex-staffer’s scrapbook, pictures of snoop equipment
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

It appears that Khan had at some stage taken photographs of the parallel telephone exchange, and decided to use it against his former employees with the help of Suren Uppal.

Set of six logbooks Khan left with lawyer Uppal could hold key to Essar Tapes
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

A 2002 company notebook (with Essar logo on each page) has been used, for instance, to list precise call timings against every date and the targeted telephone number.

Ex-Essar employee slams lawyer Uppal who, in turn, shows emails to ‘establish link’
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

The Indian Express has with it copies of some of Khan’s alleged logbooks, transcripts of several of the intercepted conversations as well as purported emails exchanged between Albasit Khan, his son Umair Khan and Suren Uppal.

Essar leaks: ‘Tip of iceberg…(chats) expose corruption in business, govt, politics’
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

The notice detailed the alleged modus operandi: the target numbers to be tapped were encrypted onto pre-paid SIMs via Essar servers.

PMO gets complaint: Corporate tapped VVIPs
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

During 2001-06, Essar tapped ministers, industrialists, bureaucrats, says SC lawyer; Essar calls it baseless charge

‘500 commandos had a hard time containing 10 kids, all their valour is reserved for the girls in Kashmir’
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

In this email, one of several accessed by Sorensen while writing the book, David Headley justifies the 26/11 attack on Mumbai.

If Americans had connected the dots… maybe Mumbai attack would have called off, says Kaare Sorensen, Danish journalist
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

The author of The Mind Of A Terrorist tells The Indian Express how he assessed the way 26/11 scout David Headley saw himself.

Emails in new book open a window to psyche of terrorist David Headley
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

The book does not reveal the identities of the recipients of the emails but reveals that 55 days after the Mumbai attacks, Headley was sent to Copenhagen to conduct reconnaissance for the strike.

Sanjay Bhandari ‘admits’ to email from Robert Vadra, I-T sends seven property, bank queries overseas
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

According to information with the Department, the property was bought in 2009 from a company called Vertex FZE which is registered in the British Virgin Islands.

Resettlement courses for retired personnel: Defence Ministry probes ‘massive’ bungling in training
Mon, May 30, 2016

Internal finance unit has alleged widespread ‘financial irregularity’ in scheme with Rs 20-crore annual bill.

Investments in Merrill Lynch: I-T tracks new offshore trail in Cayman Islands
Mon, May 23, 2016

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), after meeting these individuals, has sent communications seeking account details to the banks concerned in Switzerland and Singapore.

Digvijaya Singh voices the unease in Congress: Gave post mortem report Feb ’15, no action yet
Fri, May 20, 2016

Time for introspection past, now it is time for action: Kerala MP Tharoor

Panama Papers: Textile major Bhilwara Group has firm in BVI, says it is a lawful investment
Thu, May 05, 2016

The Bhilwara group is a leading yarn and textile manufacturer and exporter. It has also diversified into areas of power generation and infotechnology.

Panama heat: Income Tax Department knocks on 3 Delhi doors
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The searches, officials said, began at three places around noon Tuesday and were on until late in the night.

Panama Papers: Special task force planned to get disclosures from offshore company owners
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

India had sent its representative, a director-level officer of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for the Paris meeting held on April 13, which was attended by tax officials from 25 countries exclusively on the impact of the Panama Papers.

Panama papers: Tax queries go out to all the names revealed
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Officials said that the communications have already been dispatched to around 50 people in different cities and that these are in two parts. One query asks for confirmation of identity, second seeks details on firm, capital and permissions.

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca on Income Tax radar for 9 years in Delhi, details sought
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

Mossack Fonseca was mentioned as the incorporator in the I-T background note as the Department sought permission of Central Board of Direct Taxes bosses to tap the phones of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in 2008.

Panama Papers: Thickest file is on NRI hedge fund manager in US prison
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

The assets of FCCF are listed as the balance in a bank account and 100% of the shares of an offshore Panamanian Corporation bought in 2007 named Opler Company Consulting Corp with a bank account in the Wintherbotham Merchant Bank of Bahamas.

Panama Papers: Red flags went up in Mossack Fonseca as CBI accused set up 12 companies
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Records show Mossack Fonseca asked questions, sought clarifications on Madhu Koneru but finally gave him an all-clear.

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca set up firm linked to Niira Radia
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

An investigation of these papers shows the existence of one offshore entity owned by Radia, an International Business Company (IBC) registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) by Mossack Fonseka in 1994 named Crownmart International Group Limited.

Rosy blue also in HSBC list: Diamond dealers are tax haven’s best friends
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

At least 24 offshore companies linked to diamond major Rosy Blue in Mossack Fonseca files; Gembel family also in list.

Panama Papers: Dawood-link shadow, Iqbal Mirchi family took offshore route
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

Firm in British Virgin Islands linked to ‘property’ deals

FM Arun Jaitley on Panama Papers: There are no holy cows for us
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

"The Government is clear in its resolve is what I will say. There are no holy cows for us. Action will be taken against whoever is found to be in default," said Arun Jaitley.

Indians in #PanamaPapers list: Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan, KP Singh, Iqbal Mirchi, Adani elder brother
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

Biggest leak of over 11 million documents of Panama law firm features over 500 Indians linked to offshore firms, finds 8-month investigation by a team of The Indian Express led by Ritu Sarin, Executive Editor (News & Investigations).

#PanamaPapers: Hidden in files, a trail of ‘payoffs’ by Italian firm via offshore companies for defence supplies to India
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

Italian firm Elettronica SpA has been dealing with the Ministry of Defence for decades.

From director to shareholder: ‘Shorten name from Aishwarya Rai to A Rai for confidentiality’
Tue, Apr 05, 2016

The Indian Express accessed MF documents which show that Rai, her father Kotedadi Ramana Rai Krishna Rai, mother Vrinda Krishna Raj Rai and brother Aditya Rai were appointed on May 14, 2005, as directors of Amic Partners Limited — with an initial authorised capital of $50,000.

Services get back old financial powers; MoD says new rules were creating problems in daily functioning
Fri, Dec 25, 2015

The MoD has acknowledged that restoration of the inherent financial powers to the DFP 2006 rules has come following pressure from the three forces.

Govt appoints former intelligence officer as advisor for Tibetan affairs
Sun, Oct 25, 2015

The appointment follows a trend of several former intelligence chiefs being given key assignment by the NDA government after retirement.

Technical services divison: Army orders summary of evidence against former CO of covert unit
Wed, Oct 14, 2015

The setting up of a fresh “summary of evidence” comes about four months after a 10-year jail term was pronounced against Sham Das D, the TSD clerk who was arrested in Kerala in 2012.

Matang Sinh arrest row: Ignoring govt, CVC orders fresh inquiry against ex-Home Secy
Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Vigilance body overturns advice of secy panel, seeks CBI, DoPT reports.

More accountability: CAG to audit projects cleared by National Security Council
Sat, Sep 26, 2015

CAG officials confirmed that they have started work on the special audit, and that their first secret report would be finalised soon.