PM Narendra Modi’s move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes has shaken the world. The Prime Minister took the massive step in order to fight against corruption, black money and fake currency in the country. Moreover, the decision was taken to curb the circulation of black money. Well, it looks like the ban has already started to show its impact.
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News18 conducted a sting operation on the managers of top Pakistani artistes including Fawad Khan, Shafqat Amaanat Ali, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Mawra Hocane. Portraying themselves as the managers of Delhi-based industrialist’s, the reporter approached the managers of the Pakistani stars to perform at the wedding of the industrialist’s daughter.
The reporter first called up to Manu Kohli, Shafqat’s manager, who asked 25 lakh rupees as fee to perform at the wedding, exclusive of other expenses incurred and service taxes. When the deal seemed to be perfect, the reporter asked if they would like a Rs. 5-7 lakh legal transaction and rest in cash, the manager agreed to it. Singer Rahat Fateh Ali was also locked in for the same deal.
The reporters even approached Fawad Khan’s manager for the same deal and here are the following excerpts from the conversation:
Reporter: You must have heard about our company. It is into medical products. Mr Agrawal is the owner. It is his daughter’s wedding; it is the first big function in the house. Money is not the problem. His daughter and son-in-law are very excited that some celebrity should participate in the function.
Fawad’s Manager: So you want him basically for the sangeet.
Reporter: Actually there are five functions. Dates for four have been finalised which I have already told you. One is yet to be finalised. Will let you know. They want different celebrities for each occasion; at least for one, they want Fawad Khan. His daughter is a big fan of Fawad.
Fawad’s Manager: Is it in Delhi?
Fawad’s Manager: Little difficult.
Fawad’s Manager: The issue is of him coming to Delhi. I do not think it is possible as of now.
Fawad’s Manager: You have not heard of India-Pakistan issue
Reporter: That is in Mumbai. There is no problem in Delhi.
Fawad’s Manager: I do not think it will work out. But I will check.
Reporter: We have one function in Gurgaon also.
Fawad’s Manager: That is Delhi only.
Reporter: Yes, it is Delhi only. But Gurgaon is very safe. Delhi is also safe. It will be a private function. There will be no big crowd.
Fawad’s Manager: I will check once.
Reporter: Can you please tell me an estimate?
Fawad’s Manager: I will tell you the estimate.
Reporter: Please tell me how we shall make payment. With all white money, it will be very problematic, assuming if it is Rs 60-70 lakh.
Fawad’s Manager: It is for one person.
Reporter: If it is for one person, so, for a 70-plus group I assume it will be around Rs 70-80 lakh. Giving all in white will be a problem for me.
Fawad’s Manager: The group will go in CR.
Reporter: Whatever it may be. Giving all in white will be a problem.
Fawad’s Manager: We can decide in a percentage. What should I give you as of now? I will give you the original cost then we do not take anything in writing. You can tell about percentage on phone. You just need to tell percentage. I will calculate the amount.
Reporter: I feel if we do not talk these things on the phone it will be better
Fawad’s Manager: OK, if you say 25 percent, I can take in which ways, advance or anything. I can calculate 25 percent out of total percentage and I know this much you want to go in black and rest in white. Then we can decide.