Popular Pakistani Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been accused of smuggling illegal foreign currency in India for three years. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday issued a notice against the singer under Foreign Exchange Management Act(FEMA).
According to ABP news reports, Khan had got $340,000 (Rs 2.42 crore) through illegal means of which he reportedly smuggled $225,000 (Rs 1.6 crore). The singer has been asked to reply to the Enforcement Directorate notice within 45 days. If dissatisfied with his response, the ED can slap Khan with a 300% penalty.
The case against Mr. Khan goes back to 2014, when the probe agency started an investigation against him under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
In 2011, Fateh Ali Khan was caught by officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence at Delhi airport, for allegedly carrying undeclared amount of USD 1.24 lakh, nearly Rs 60 lakh. The singer, however, denied any wrongdoing, claimed that he was carrying a large amount of cash because he was travelling with his group. Khan’s lawyers submitted details of shows and events in 2011 to prove he accumulated the said amount in 2011.
A well-known Pakistani musician debuted as a playback singer in Bollywood with the song ‘Mann Ki Lagan’ from the movie ‘Paap’ in 2003. Sufi singer has sung several popular tracks for blockbuster bollywood films including ‘Jiya Dhadak Dhadak’ (Kalyug), ‘Tere Mast Mast Do Nain’ (Dabangg), ‘Teri Ore’ (Singh Is Kinng), ‘Sajda’ (My Name Is Khan), ‘Teri Meri’ (Bodyguard), ‘Jag Jhoomeya’ (Sultan) and ‘Tere bin’ (Simmba).