Kalpana Rawal mentioned in tax evasion in leaked documents


Kalpana Rawal mentioned in tax evasion in leaked documents
Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal during a past interview. PHOTO: File

Millions of leaked documents have revealed a network of offshore secret accounts and deals that involve some of the world’s richest and powerful people. Among those mentioned in the leaked documents as having companies registered in the British Virgin Islands is Kenya’s Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal who says she was listed as a director in two of those companies without her knowledge. Authorities around the world have moved in to ask for evidence, but not so here in Kenya.

The saga involves billions of dollars, several current or former Heads of State and a law firm in Panama which is said to have helped some powerful people in governments around the world to launder money and avoid tax.

Among those mentioned is Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal, who together with her husband, are said to have been directors of two companies based in the British Virgin Islands well before she joined the Supreme Court. The documents provided by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) further reveal that Rawal’s family used other offshore companies to buy and sell property in London worth billions of shillings.

While it is not illegal to have an offshore account, Rawal avoided mentioning these companies and accounts when she declared her wealth to the JSC, with Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga now evading the question on whether or not the Judiciary would be looking into the said allegations.

According to ICIJ, Rawal said she has not been involved with the family businesses except for generally knowing they were involved in real estate. According to her, she was listed as director on two of them without her knowledge by her husband.

Others mentioned are several Heads of State and their families including Argentina’s President, the Prime Minister of Iceland and the Ukranian President.  Also mentioned are a son to former Ghanaian President John Kofuor, a nephew to South African President Jacob Zuma, and a son to former United Nations Secretary General Koffi Annan, some of whom are already under pressure to relinquish their positions in government. Tax authorities in several countries have also moved in to establish the extent of these allegations.

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