Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been accused of smuggling foreign currency through India for three years.
According to reports, Khan had got Rs 2.42 crore through illegal means of which he reportedly smuggled Rs 1.60 crore.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan accused of smuggling
India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a notice to the singer and has sought his response regarding Rs 2.61 crore under scanner. If dissatisfied with his response, the ED can slap Khan with a 300% penalty.
Further, if the singer fails to pay the fine, a lookout notice will be served to him and there would be a ban on him to perform shows in India.
Notably, this is not the first time that Khan has been embroiled in controversy related to illegal currency. In 2011, he was found with undocumented $125,000 (Rs 89.1 lakh) at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is one of the most eminent of Sufi, Qawwali singers from Pakistan. He is popular as a playback singer in Bollywood and in Pakistan film industry. Some of his famous songs in Bollywood are ‘O Re Piya’ from ‘Aaja Nachle’, ‘Tujhe Dekh Dekh’ from ‘Kalyug’, ‘Teri Ore’ from ‘Singh Is King’, ‘Sajda’ from ‘My Name Is Khan’, ‘Naina Thagg Lenge’ from ‘Omkara’ and many more.