The Enforcement Directorate has issued a showcause notice to famous Bollywood singer of Pakistani origin, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, accusing him of smuggling foreign currency. According to reports, Rahat has been summoned for Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violations.
An ED source said that the singer, who has given his voice to countless chart-busters in Bollywood movies was served notice for the same offence earlier also, but he did not respond.
Rahat had hit media headlines in 2011 after he was detained at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi for carrying undeclared cash of $1.24 lakhs (Rs 60 lakh then).
The latest notice is part of the ED’s investigation into an illegal smuggling of Rs 2.61 crore. The probe in this case by the ED started as far back as in 2014.
In the event that he chooses to ignore the ED notice once again, the probe agency may impose a 300% fine on him and issue a lookout notice against the singer. Rahat may even banned from either singing in Bollywood movies and performing anywhere in India in future.
Rahat, who shot to fame in Bollywood in 2005 from his song Jiya Dhadak Dhadak in Kunal Kemmu-starrer Kalyug, has has given his voice to several popular tracks for blockbuster films, including Tere Mast Mast Do Nain (Salman Khan’s Dabangg), Teri Ore (Akshay Kumar’s Singh Is Kinng), Sajda (Shah Rukha Khan’s My Name Is Khan), Teri Meri (Salman Khan’s Bodyguard) and Jag Jhoomeya (Sultan, also starring Salman Khan).