Those of you who love Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's soulful tunes are in for a bit of a surprise. And not a good one at that. The Pakistani singer has been accused of smuggling illegal foreign currency out of India, earning the amount out of illegal means, for over two years.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's nephew and the trendy folk singer has been issued a notice by the Enforcement Directorate for violating foreign exchange rules. He allegedly smuggled some American Dollars out of the country and there's a case pertaining to the seizure of undeclared US Dollars from him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, in 2011.
While Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was busy swindling money, he wasn't really earning the big bucks through his music. One would think that would be the case but if you're smuggling cash out of the country, then you're definitely earning it through some corrupt means TBH. He smuggled Dollars over Rs 2 crore, over a period of three years and it wasn't through the music industry.
Well, now as we're confused about what Khan may do about this situation, the agency wants a response out of the singer for the notice they've issued to him and if they aren't convinced with his response, he'll be charged 300% of the amount he smuggled (do the math!) and if he refuses to pay the following fine, the Enforcement Directorate can issue a lookout notice to him and stop him from performing in India once and for all.
Earlier in 2011, Khan was charged by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, for carrying a lump sum of money at the Delhi airport and not being accountable for it. When he was straight up asked why he was carrying the amount which was around $1,15,000 (81.99 lakh), he could not reveal the details.
His popularity hit a phenomenal high after his song 'Jiya Dhadak Dhadak' in 2005 but now it's unfortunate Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is in the limelight for such a scandal. We were actually looking forward to some more soulful music from him but I guess his intentions are 'jag ghoomeya' at the moment.