After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Ravindra Kishore Sinha’s name figured in the Paradise Papers leak, he chose to stay silent on the matter, quite literally.
When approached for a response by the media, Sinha, who was elected to Rajya Sabha from Bihar in 2014 as a BJP member and is considered one of the richest in the House, remained silent while scribbling on a paper that he has taken pledge to not speak for seven days in ‘Bhagwat Yagna’.
In an ANI video, Sinha is seen sitting in a vehicle responding with cryptic silence.
— ANI (@ANI) November 6, 2017
The Paradise Papers leak, dubbed as the second largest data leak in history after Panama Papers, has 714 Indian names who have offshore accounts in tax havens.
Among the names that figured on the list from India include Union Minister Jayant Sinha, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and BJP MP Ravindra Kishore Sinha, who founded the private security service firm Security and Intelligence Services (SIS).
Records of the Malta registry show SIS Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd (SAPHL), registered in Malta in 2008, as a subsidiary of SIS.
Sinha is listed as a minority shareholder while wife Rita Kishore Sinha is a director of SAPHL.
Records show that SIS International Holdings Limited (SIHL), a company incorporated in British Virgin Islands, holds 3,999,999 shares in SAPHL while 1 share is with Sinha.