New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday issued a showcause notice to Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), reported news agency ANI. Also Read - Smuggler Billi: Cat Caught Sneaking Drugs Into Panama Prison, to Be Sent to Pet Adoption Centre
According to media reports, Khan has been charged with smuggling foreign currency worth over Rs 2 crore out of India. If found guilty, he might end up paying penalty up to 300 per cent or more severe punishment. Also Read - CBI Arrests ED Employee For Posing As Enforcement Officer, Seeking Bribe
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. Also Read - ED Attaches Rs 130 Crore Assets of Hyderabad-based Musaddilal Jewellers & Others in Demonetisation Case
The ED, which is the central agency to probe such forex contraventions under the FEMA, took over the case after this episode. It had initiated the step after obtaining records of the said cash from the RBI.
The singer, who has been grilled by the ED in this case in the past, had said he had done nothing wrong and they were carrying the large amount of cash because they were travelling in a group and the act was inadvertent.
His songs are popular chartbusters in Hindi movies and also in Pakistan.