In the Barabanki Land Scam in 2007, a Faizabad court ruled that he had illegally acquired agricultural land. Later, he was given a clean chit. The very next year, Raj Thackeray`s criticised North Indians in Maharashtra and targeted Big B in particular, asserting that the actor was "more inclined" towards his native state than Maharashtra. He was also named in the infamous Swedish Bofors Gun deal scandal, but it turned out to be a false alarm. His relationship with actress Rekha in 1976 was widely reported and criticised in the media, as he was a married man.