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Updated: April 28, 2012 11:10 IST

Clean chit in Bofors case has come too late, says Amitabh

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Amitabh Bachchan interacts with media in Mumbai on Wednesday.
PTI Amitabh Bachchan interacts with media in Mumbai on Wednesday.

“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.

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you can give clearance to him but you cannot do any thing about the time that he had to face humilaitaion just because of those accusations.
if you happened to know, he was the only personality who made home in heart of poor India ,no matter because of the emergency aura and kind of movies that he made at that time. But if you observe, his downfall started only when this bofors scandal brought his name . In India ,people were able to relate with amitabh through his movies ,people had anger because of the corruption especialy in 70's and he was the face who bring out that anger and he became face of the comman man .
His name in bofors scandal not only make him embarass which should not have happened but also broke the dream of common Indian who used to see him with hope.

from:  himanshu bhardwaj
Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 at 12:20 IST
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