Expressing happiness over his name being cleared in the 25-year-old Bofors case, film actor Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday said the clean chit has come “too late”.
Addressing a press meet here after a former Swedish Police chief, the whistleblower in the case, gave him a clean chit, the 69-year-old actor said he and his family had to suffer insult for no reason.
The megastar said that the question of compensation does not arise as the investigating agencies cannot make up for the suffering his family underwent all these years.
The pain of those trying times was evident when he said, “No one shall be able to understand or even remotely fathom, the years of anguish I had to go through.”
“I am happy that at least now I have been declared innocent. However, it is sad it has happened so late. I wish my parents were alive today to hear about my innocence,” he said.
“I remember that when these allegations were levelled against me, my father had asked me if I had done anything wrong. He was disturbed about the allegations. But today they are not with me to hear about this,” he added.
In an interview to a website, former Swedish police chief Sten Lindstrom, who led the Bofors probe in his country, alleged Indian investigators probing the scandal had during a trip to Sweden in 1990 “planted the Bachchan angle”.
Quoting the Swedish police, Bachchan said, “The original list submitted by them (Swedish police) did not even include my name in the list of the accused. It was planted by Indian investigators when they went to Sweden to procure the list.”
Asked to identify the person in India who wanted to defame him, Big B declined to mention any names and said he only wanted to clear his name in the scandal.
No need to reopen Bofors case: Khurshid
New Delhi: Brushing aside fresh allegations in connection with the Bofors deal, law minister Salman
Khurshid on Wednesday said the case is closed and there is no need to reopen it. He also sought a public apology from all those making wild allegations against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
CPI says govt has no will to expose guilty
new delhi: With fresh allegations in the Bofors case, CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta on Wednesday accused the government of having no political will to expose the guilty. “It is very deplorable. It is a slur on the image of the country. It only means that the investigation procedure was false and the government had no political will to identify who was behind the malpractice,” he said.
NCP downplays fresh turn in controversy
new delhi: The NCP on Wednesday sought to downplay the fresh allegations in the Bofors matter, saying there is no basis for any case against the Congress or the government. “I do not think there can be any case against the Congress or the government on the issue,” NCP spokesperson DP Tripathy said.