Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been issued a notice by Indian authorities for alleged foreign exchange violations amounting to INR20 million, Indian media reported on Wednesday.
The Enforcement Directorate served a show-cause notice to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in a case that pertains to the seizure of undeclared US dollars from him at the Delhi airport in 2011, officials said.
The case against the singer dates back to 2014, when the probe agency launched an investigation against him under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence claimed Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was carrying an undeclared amount of US$0.124 million at Delhi airport in 2011. The singer, however, denied any wrongdoing.
Rahat Fateh Ali clarified that he was carrying the cash because he was travelling with his group.
The company which manages Rahat Fateh Ali Khan said it was a surprise to learn about the notice being served. In a press release it added that they had no idea about the notice, nor was it received by Khan’s legal team in India.
“Khan sb has never had any direct dealings with anyone in India or elsewhere hence him being blamed for something like this is bizarre,” the press release said.