“I wish my parents were alive today to hear about my innocence”
Expressing happiness over his name being cleared in the 25-year-old Bofors case, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Wednesday said the clean chit has come “too late.”
Addressing a press meet here after a former Swedish Police chief, the whistle-blower 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.
“I am happy that at least now I have been declared innocent. However it is sad it came out so late. I wish my parents were alive today to hear about my innocence,” he said. Bachchan felt this clean chit should have come 25 years ago.
“I remember that when these allegations were levelled against me, my father had asked me if I had done anything wrong but I could not say anything at that time. He was disturbed about the allegations. But today they are not with me to hear about this [clean chit].”
Planted by Indian investigators
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 accused list. 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 take any names and said he only wanted to clear his name in the scandal.
He said the question of compensation does not arise as the investigating agencies cannot make up for the suffering his family underwent all these years.