Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been accused of smuggling illegal foreign currency through India for three years. According to a News report, Khan had got Rs 2.42 crore through illegal means of which he reportedly smuggled Rs 1.60 crore. He has already been questioned by the ED for smuggling the money. However, if the ED is not convinced with Rahat’s response, he will be fined with 300 per cent of the amount smuggled by him, the report stated.
Further, if Rahat fails to pay the fine, a lookout notice will be served to him and there would be a ban on him to perform shows in India.
However, this is not the first time Rahat Fateh Ali Khan had run-in with the law. Earlier, the singer in 2011 was caught with undocumented USD 1,15,000 at Delhi International Airport.
While Khan has been a known face in Pakistani music industry since ’90s, it was ‘Mann Ki Lagan’ from Bhatts’ film ‘Paap’ in 2003 that had brought him to the limelight in Bollywood.
A native of Pakistan’s Faisalabad, Khan catapulted to fame in India after his super-hit song Jiya Dhadak Dhadak in Kunal Kemmu’s 2005 film Kalyug. Since then he has sung several popular tracks for blockbuster films, including Tere Mast Mast Do Nain (Dabangg), Teri Ore (Singh Is Kinng), Sajda (My Name Is Khan), Teri Meri (Bodyguard) and Jag Jhoomeya (Sultan).
India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is currently investigating the case, has issued Khan a notice and has sought his response regarding Rs 2.61 crore under scanner.