Congress in Maharashtra has demanded Amitabh Bachchan be removed as the state’s ambassador for the ‘Save Tiger project’ in light of his name featuring in Panama Papers leak.
Speaking in the lower house of the assembly, the leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said, “Till Bachchan gets a clean chit in the Panama Papers case, he should be removed as tiger brand ambassador as well as from advisory panel on the development of part of the Bandra Kurla Complex as International Finance and Services Centre.”
Bachchan had also visited Mantralaya today to attend a meeting of the panel.
“It would be improper if Bachchan continues to occupy the two posts especially when his name has allegedly figured in the Panama Papers,” the opposition leader was quoted by news agency PTI.
A massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents had revealed the secret offshore dealings of several prominent people from around the world with as many as 500 Indians too being named in the leaks.
They included aides to Russian president Vladimir Putin, world leaders and celebrities including Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Iqbal Mirchi and Adani elder brother.
The opposition leader said, “Bachchan should be removed from the two posts till the inquiry launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard is complete.”
Bachchan had said that he had always ‘remitted overseas have been in compliance with law.’
His statement had read, “I do not know any of the companies referred to by The Indian Express – Sea Bulk Shipping Company Ltd, Lady Shipping Ltd, Treasure Shipping Ltd, and Tramp Shipping Ltd. I have never been a director of any of the above stated companies. It is possible that my name has been misused. I have paid all my taxes including on monies spent by me overseas. Monies that I have remitted overseas have been in compliance with law, including remittances through LRS, after paying Indian taxes. In any event the news report in Indian Express does not even suggest any illegality on my part. “