The opposition Congress in Maharashtra has demanded the removal of megastar Amitabh Bachchan as state’s ambassador for the ‘Save Tiger project’ till the probe is over.
The demand was met with strong opposition from BJP MLAs, who said it was not proper to attack a veteran actor whose enjoys mass support.
BJP legislator Yogesh Sagar objected to the ‘vilification campaign’ against a star of Mr Bachchan’s repute.
Vikhe-Patil raised the matter during Zero Hour and said that Bachchan’s name figures in the Panama papers, adding that “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.”
The Papers are a leaked set of 11.5 million confidential documents that provide detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by corporate services provider Mossack Fonseca.
“Bachchan should be removed from the two posts till the inquiry launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard is complete,” the opposition leader said.
On his part, Bachchan had already denied any connection with those companies, saying his name may have been “misused”.
“I do not know any of the companies referred to by 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,” he had said.