Rahat Fateh Ali Khan gets into a legal tussle, accused of smuggling illegal foreign currency
Acclaimed Pakistani singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has embroiled himself into a controversy. The singer has been accused of smuggling illegal foreign currency through India for three years. As per reports, the Enforcement Directorate issued a notice to him under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, details of which are awaited. ABP News states that Khan had got Rs 2.42 crore ‘through illegal means’ of which he reportedly smuggled Rs 1.6 crore.
Reports further state that if dissatisfied with Khan’s response on the notice, ED can slap him with a 300% penalty. “In case of its non-payment, a lookout notice is likely to be issued against the singer and he’d thereby be forbidden to perform anywhere in India,” adds the report. The accused is the nephew of Pakistani singing legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and he debuted in Bollywood with his song Mann Ki Lagan in the 2009 film Paap.
This isn’t the first time that Khan has landed into trouble related to illegal currency. Back in 2011, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) slapped charges under FEMA and Customs Act violation against the singer and his manager Maroof after allegedly recovering Rs 89.1 lakh foreign currency from them at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.