Popular Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been issued a show-cause notice under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999, as he has been charged with smuggling foreign currency out of India. Rahat is yet to respond to the notice.
For those uninitiated, this not the first time that the singer has rubbed the revenue intelligence agents in a wrong way. In the year 2011, Rahat who was carrying a huge amount of undeclared foreign currency was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi. The sufi singer was carrying a large amount of foreign currency which he did not declare to the immigration authorities.
Son of Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan and the nephew of legendary Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat made his debut as a playback singer in Bollywood with the movie Paap, in the song Mann Ki Lagan.
Rahat became the first Pakistani to perform at any Nobel Prize concert, when he was invited to the concert at 2014 ceremony. He performed Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s most memorable qawwali Tumhe Dillagi and Mast Qalandar.