Actor Amitabh Bachchan attended the board meetings of companies mentioned in the Panama Papers leak via telephone conference, The Indian Express reported. The meetings of Tramp Shipping Limited (Bahamas) and Sea Bulk Shipping Company Ltd (British Virgin Islands) took place on December 12, 1994, the report said, adding that Bachchan's name was mentioned in the list of directors and office bearers on the Certificate of Incumbency issued by both companies.
Bachchan had earlier denied that he had any links with the companies mentioned in the leak, saying it is possible that his name has been misused. After these latest revelations by the English daily, the actor continued to deny any involvement, saying in a statement released by his publicist, “I would humbly request [the media] to kindly direct [queries] to the Government of India where I, as a law abiding citizen have already sent, and shall continue to send, my responses. I stand by my earlier statement on the ‘misuse of my name’ in the matter and in any event the press reports do not disclose any illegal act committed by me.”
Bachchan was among the 500 Indians named in a major leak of millions of documents from a Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which revealed the hidden offshore wealth of some of the world's top leaders and celebrities.