Bachchan Denies Being Approached for Atulya Bharat Ambassadorship
Behind the scenes of an ad shoot, Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya Bachchan. (Photo Courtesy: Amitabh Bachchan’s Blog)
Behind the scenes of an ad shoot, Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya Bachchan. (Photo Courtesy: Amitabh Bachchan’s Blog)

Bachchan Denies Being Approached for Atulya Bharat Ambassadorship

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has denied being approached by the government for the post of Ambassador of Atulya Bharat. His comments have come in the light of reports claiming that the process to do so has been put on hold after Bachchan was named in the Panama Papers Leak.

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There have been queries from the media regarding my being Brand Ambassador for ‘Atulya Bharat’. I wish to state that I have not been formally approached for this position. The speculation of the media regarding its discontinuance is, therefore, not relevant as far as I am concerned. On the 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 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. 
Amitabh Bachchan, Actor

Bachchan senior, according to the leaks published by The Indian Express, has overseas accounts named;

  • Sea Bulk Shipping Company Ltd
  • Lady Shipping Ltd
  • Treasure Shipping Ltd
  • Tramp Shipping Ltd

The Panama Papers leaks have named the actor, along with other Indian names including;

  • Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood actor
  • KP Singh, owner of DLF
  • Vinod Adani, Gautam Adani’s elder brother
  • Shishir Bajoria, promoter of SK Bajoria Group
  • Anurag Kejriwal, former chief of the Delhi unit of Loksatta Party
  • Iqbal Mirchi, late Mumbai ganglord

The papers have caused political and economic repercussions all over the world.

Regarding the links to the Panama Papers Leak, the actor said:

On the 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 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.

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