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Ritu Sarin


Ritu Sarin is Executive Editor (News and Investigation)

In House panel meet, SEBI flags need to tap phones during probe
Thu, May 12, 2022

Members of the Standing Committee said the issue came up during a “study tour” meeting with SEBI in Mumbai on May 6, which was attended by the regulator’s chairperson Madhabi Puri Buch and other members

MRI machines to gloves: Supplies from West hit, Russia looks at Indian medical gear
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

According to a Reuters report, exports of essential medical devices to Russia from the West has been “partly restored, reducing the immediate risk of life-threatening shortages after a near-total collapse when the war in Ukraine began.”

Offshore trusts first in searches tied to probe in Pandora Papers
Mon, Mar 28, 2022

The first operation focused on family members of former Congress Union Minister, the late Satish Sharma, and the other on construction major, Hiranandani Group. Officials described both the operations as “successful”.

Congress G23 leaders meet, may target party leadership
Sat, Mar 12, 2022

Separately, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath told The Indian Express that lack of unity and infighting harmed the party in Punjab and the absence of organisational structure cost it dear in the other states.

Ukrainians fail in bid to oust Russians from Delhi group
Wed, Mar 09, 2022

The Indian Express has learnt that the diplomatic defence corps of Ukraine in the national capital made a failed bid to “sanction” their Russian counterparts and keep them out of the Foreign Service Attaches and Adviser Association in India (FSAAA).

Putin’s hostage claim has few takers; Delhi calls for ‘local ceasefire’ to help exit
Sat, Mar 05, 2022

For the second time in two days, India shrugged off Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim Thursday that more than 3,000 Indian citizens are being held hostage at the Kharkiv train station in eastern Ukraine by the Ukrainian military.

Home often invokes Section 13 of FCRA to stall NGOs’ foreign funds
Tue, Dec 28, 2021

The CHRI had its Foreign Contributions (FC) suspended around six months ago following which the well-known civil liberties group moved Delhi High Court.

Pandora probe picks up: Over 160 requests go out to 33 countries
Sun, Dec 26, 2021

This has been under the aegis of the Egmont Group, an umbrella organisation that brings 167 FIUs together for the “secure exchange of expertise and financial intelligence to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.”

From firms listening in Delhi hotel to a list of 96 contacts, what Christian Michel told ED
Tue, Dec 07, 2021

🔴Over the past three days, The Indian Express reported key revelations from the ED's interrogation, including Michel’s claims on how he lobbied the then UPA Government to salvage the deal in 2010, an intervention by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Michel signed ‘sham contracts’ to hide trail of Agusta kickbacks: ED
Mon, Dec 06, 2021

🔴 The report reveals the mistrust between Michel and Guido Haschke, the other alleged middleman for AgustaWestland, and the admission that his deals with the Italian company made up 80 per cent of his Dubai firm's revenue.

Hillary raised chopper deal with Govt, Russians pushed India too far: Michel
Mon, Dec 06, 2021

🔴 On Saturday, The Indian Express reported that Michel claimed to have lobbied with the Chopper deal then UPA Government when, as he describes it, the deal was “on the edge of the cliff” before it was sealed in 2010. Saturday also marked three years since Michel was extradited from Dubai.

PM (Manmohan) asking Cabinet on Agusta threw us to wolves: Michel
Mon, Dec 06, 2021

🔴 While Michel awaits trial in Tihar jail, The Indian Express has accessed the voluminous report on his interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate, in which he claims how he lobbied with the then UPA Government when, as he describes it, the deal was “on the edge of the cliff” before it was pushed through in 2010.

SC must intervene, says petitioner behind reforms in selection of CBI chief
Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Narain said while he had no problem with a fixed 5-year tenure for the heads of the two investigating agencies, the extended tenures should be given to them as a one-time appointment.

Probe gathers pace, IT notices sent to Indians, NRIs in Pandora; notices supervised by panel set up by govt
Tue, Nov 16, 2021

Notices ask if foreign assets declared; responses from overseas trickle in

Pandora Papers: Held for fraud, DHFL promoters Wadhawans bought business jet, floated offshore companies
Sat, Oct 16, 2021

DHFL promoters Kapil Wadhawan and his brother Dheeraj Wadhawan were put behind bars last year and owe Indian banks more than Rs 88,000 crore.

Pandora Papers: One Rajasthan royal floated firm to buy UK house, another wound company up
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Gaj Singh of Jodhpur, a former Member of Parliament, and Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, both former Maharajas of erstwhile princely states, figure in the Pandora Papers.

Pandora Papers: Kamal Nath’s son, Agusta deal key accused had offshore links
Mon, Oct 11, 2021

From Bakul Nath, the NRI son of Congress veteran and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to case accused Rajiv Saxena, these records provide fresh evidence in the corruption scandal which has had the CBI and ED filing several chargesheets.

Pandora Papers: Art auction major linked to clutch of offshore companies
Sat, Oct 09, 2021

Records of Panamanian law firm Alcogal show that in 2006, the Vaziranis registered a set of companies in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and some were “in good standing” at least until January 2017.

Pandora Papers: BR Shetty is a bankrupt billionaire — with a network of BVI firms
Fri, Oct 08, 2021

Once famous for his fleet of Rolls Royces, private jets and yachts, Shetty is now under intense pressure from lenders and banks to declare his full list of assets, holdings and investments.

On Pandora Papers list: IRS officer and an ex-IT Chief Commissioner
Thu, Oct 07, 2021

Pandora Papers: In 2019, Homi Rajvansh was put on compulsory retirement; IT Commissioner pegged assets at $500,000.

Pandora Papers: Rosy Blue rejigged its offshore network after Panama expose
Thu, Oct 07, 2021

None of these entities has any connection with India nor are within ambit of any Indian law: Dilip Mehta

Ex-chief of Military Intelligence and son set up firm in Seychelles; pegged inflow at $1 mn
Tue, Oct 26, 2021

Lt General (retired) Rakesh Loomba's records linked to Mauritius bank; son denies, says had idea but shelved.

Pandora Papers: Iqbal Mirchi family expands offshore empire, with links to ex-Pak General
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

Pandora Papers: Iqbal Mirchi was a trusted aide of underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim and was wanted by the Mumbai Police and the Enforcement Directorate. He was arrested by Scotland Yard in 1994 and died of a heart attack in London in 2013.

Veil lifts: Big-ticket defaulters at home have millions stashed abroad
Mon, Oct 04, 2021

These details, to be featured in the coming days in the investigative series, include a set of Mumbai-based businessmen in the real-estate sector who owe Indian banks more than Rs 88,000 crore.

Sachin Tendulkar, wife, her father, had BVI company, wound up after Panama expose
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

Pandora Papers | Shares bought back in 2016 for $2.68 million; all investments under LRS, declared to tax authorities, says Sachin Tendulkar's spokesperson.