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ED Issues FEMA Notice Against Pak Sufi Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan

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| January 30 , 2019 , 11:30 IST

India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued a show-cause notice under the FEMA Act against Pakistan singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on Wednesday in connection with an alleged foreign exchange violation case against him.

The case pertains to the probe agency initiating a FEMA investigation against him and his associates in 2014 after the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), in 2011, intercepted Khan and his manager, Marrouf Ali Khan, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here for allegedly carrying an undeclared amount of USD 1.24 lakh and some other instruments in foreign currency.

The officials said the notice for violation of forex funds to the tune of Rs 2 crore has been issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), after the probe in the case was completed recently.

They added Khan, who is popular for his renditions in India and Pakistan, has been asked to reply to the notice within 45 days.

When investigated in the past, the singer had defended carrying large sums of money as they were traveling in a group. 

Meanwhile, if he does not respond to the notice, the ED can impose a fine on the singer with 300% penalty. In case of its non-payment, a lookout notice is likely to be issued against him which would forbid any performance for him in India.

Khan is the nephew of Pakistani legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He made his Bollywood debut as a playback singer in Bollywood after singing 'Mann Ki Lagan' in the 2009 film Paap. He has also served as a judge on two singing reality shows, Chhote Ustaad and Junoon.