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Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan gets ED notice for allegedly smuggling foreign currency

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who is known for his work in several Bollywood films, has been allegedly smuggling foreign currency out of India, according to multiple news reports.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 30, 2019 10:48:28 am
rahat fateh ali khan says he does not need permission to sing nusrat fateh ali khan qawwalis Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who is known for his work in several Bollywood films, has been allegedly smuggling foreign currency out of India, according to multiple news reports. (File photo)

Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan on Wednesday has been issued a show-cause notice by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in connection with a 2011 case. The agency sought his reply in 45 days.

The singer, who is known for his work in several Bollywood films, was detained by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the Delhi international airport for allegedly carrying a huge sum of undeclared foreign currency. Khan and two of his associates were caught allegedly carrying US $1.24 lakh in undeclared foreign currency. He was later released after questioning by authorities. As per FEMA norms, a foreigner cannot carry beyond $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in other forms such as travellers’ checks etc.

He was summoned by the ED in 2015 to record his statement in the case.  Khan had said he had done nothing wrong and they were carrying the large amount of cash because they were travelling in a group. He is the nephew of Pakistani legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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