New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan has said his name was ‘misused’ and that nothing illegal has been attributed to him in connection with the Panama Papers case.
This comes at a time when a fresh report on the ‘Panama Papers’ alleged Amitabh Bachchan ‘participated’ in board meetings of two off-shore companies ‘by telephone conference’, reports that the actor has denied.
The actor took to Twitter and posted his response and said, “On Panama disclosures, I wish to state that queries continue to be sent to me by the media. I would humbly request them to kindly direct these to the GOI (Government of India) where I, as a law abiding citizen, have already sent, and shall continue to send, my responses.”
“I stand by my earlier statement on the ‘misuse of my name’ in the matter and in any event the press reports do not disclose any illegal act committed by me,” the statement by Amitabh Bachchan said.
Big B’s name cropped up in the reports as part of a global expose of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and over 100 global media organisations, based on millions of leaked documents of the Panama law firm Mossak Fonseca.
A high-level probe team has been constituted, with members drawn from the various agencies of the finance ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) based on the orders issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Indian authorities have already said that not all off-shore funds need be illegitimate.