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Panama Papers Leak: Expose trends on Twitter; netizens blast accused

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:08 IST

A massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents dubbed the Panama Papers has exposed the secret offshore dealings of aides to Russian president Vladimir Putin, world leaders and celebrities including Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, among others.

An investigation into the documents by more than 100 media groups, described as one of the largest such probe in history, revealed hidden offshore dealings in the assets of around 140 political figures, including 12 current or former heads of states.

The vast stash of records was obtained from an anonymous source by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the media worldwide by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

Those accused of tax evasion include over 500 Indians, among them are Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, corporate heads including DLF owner KP Singh and nine members of his family, the promoters of Apollo Tyres and Indiabulls and Gautam Adani's elder brother Vinod Adani.

Two politicians who figure on the list are Shishir Bajoria from West Bengal and Anurag Kejriwal, the former chief of the Delhi unit of the Loksatta Party. Disgraced FIFA chief Michel Platini is also named in the papers.

As the news broke in the morning, netizens took to Twitter expressing their anger and blasting the ruling government and mocking them for their promises of bringing back black money. "The problem with the #PanamaLeaks is that the people who are accountable are also the ones who will be dishing out their justice'", a tweet read.

Here's what many others tweeted:

First published: 4 April 2016, 1:46 IST