Panama Papers leak and allegation of tax evasion: Amitabh Bachchan issues fresh statement


Bollywood megastar, Amitabh Bachchan, who is facing heat on his name featuring in the leaked Panama Papers, has issued new statement clarifying his stand.

This came days after he had stated that the money remitted abroad by him was done in accordance with law.

His statement, however, failed to take the heat off as the Congress demanded he be removed as the ambassador of Maharashtra’s Save Tiger Project campaign.

In his new statement, Bachchan while reacting to a report carried by DNA on how the actor once evaded tax investigation by using his contact in the President’s office, said,

“I wish to state that the article carried in the DNA dated April 8, 2016  with regards to me, is a matter that has been under investigation for the past 6-7 years by the Income Tax and Enforcement Departments. I have diligently responded to all the queries and notices sent by them. I am, a law-abiding citizen of the country. I wish to reiterate, that on the Panama Papers reportage in the Indian Express, I have not been a director on the Board of the 4 Companies as mentioned in an earlier report. I am happy that the GOI has instituted a thorough investigation on this issue, for, I myself am keen to know how my name appears in connection with those 4 Companies. I have been reading demands for my removal from the Brand Ambassadorship of the Maharashtra Tiger Preservation campaign. This is the prerogative of the Government of Maharashtra, which I shall humbly respect. Nonetheless, I wish to state that whatever the decision, I shall continue to work towards the social causes that I am associated with – Tiger Preservation, Polio, Swachh Bharat, TB, Hepatitis B, Diabetes, Family Planning – in my individual personal capacity.”