New Delhi: Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has heaved a sigh of relief after 25 years as he was a given a clean chit in the Bofors scam by the whistleblower. Sweden's chief investigator Sten Lindstrom, who conducted the investigations said that Amitabh Bachchan's name was planted by Indian investigating agencies.
Speaking on Amitabh Bachchan, he said, "They gave me a list of names to pursue including the name of Amitabh Bachchan. The Indian investigators planted the Bachchan angle."
Calling it an emotional issue, Amitabh Bachchan said, "No parents wants to see their children involved in issues which are as serious as the Bofors case."
Speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai, Bachchan said, "There were insinuations, abuses, castigation everyday in the newspapers, it was a painful exercise for me. My parents tolerated it for quite some time."
When asked whether he suspected anyone for planting stories against him, Bachchan said, "I'm not interested in knowing who planted my name."
Bachchan also said that quitting politics was his own decision and had nothing to do with Bofors. "Stories that I left politics because of Bofors are untrue. I left politics much before the Bofors accusations came up. I never knew politics," he said.
Talking about the lessons learnt from this, Bachchan said, "There have been many lessons learnt, the truth prevails and conscience prevails."