Amitabh Bachchan on tax evasion claims: I'm a law abiding citizen

Amitabh Bachchan has responded to the allegations that he has used his star power to evade tax, saying that he is a "law abiding citizen".

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

On Friday, a news report shared the 73-year-old actor's "brush with the Income Tax Department right from 2009 and how his loans were paid off using offshore entities".

In reaction to this, Amitabh Bachchan released an official statement: 

"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."

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