New Delhi, April 19: The decision to appoint Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador of 'Incredible India' has been put on hold, says reports. Sources say that government has delayed the process of appointment due to his name in Panama papers leak controversy.
It is being said that Government which was supposed to take the decision to appoint 73 year old Amitabh as the brand ambassador of 'Incredible India' this month only, will now do the same once he gets clean-chit in the matter.
Earlier, Panama Paper leak data said that many world renouned people including Big B parked their money in the tax haven. In the list, name of over 500 Indians including top Bollywood celebrities, politicians were included.
The Panama Papers are a leaked set of 11.5 million confidential documents that provide detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca, including the identities of shareholders and directors of the companies.
After the controversy hit the headlines, Bachchan issued a statement saying that his name was "misused" and he was not aware of any of the companies mentioned in the report.
Statement which was released through his PR firm said, "I do not know any of the companies referred to by Indian Express - Sea Bulk Shipping Company Ltd, Lady Shipping Ltd, Treasure Shipping Ltd, and Tramp Shipping Ltd. I have never been a director of any of the above stated companies. It is possible that my name has been misused".
In January, Government had announced that actor Amitabh Bachchan along with actress Priyanka Chopra will be the brand ambassadors of 'Incredible India'. They were supposed to replace actor Aamir Khan post his 'intolerance' comments.