Rahat likely to be slapped with a fine

Indian govt seems to have found no conclusive evidence of money-laundering.


Aditi Phadnis February 16, 2011
Rahat likely to be slapped with a fine

NEW DEHLI: Although Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s troubles with Indian law-enforcement authorities may have abated as a result of the impulse to protect the nascent thaw in India-Pakistan relations, his earnings from his concerts in India might amount to nothing.

On the sidelines of a book launch function, Indian Home Secretary GK Pillai said that after Rahat appears before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday, the government may begin adjudication proceedings. This means that Rahat may have to pay a fine for attempting to smuggle money out of India. Criminal charges might not be pursued against him and he may get off by simply paying a fine.

This suggests that the government has found no conclusive evidence of money laundering against him, although inquiries are still on.

Rahat’s visa will be extended to enable him to complete legal formalities. The exact contours of the case against him will be known over the next 48 hours when the government’s inquiries determine who was more culpable – Rahat or his Indian and Pakistani managers.

Because the spotlight was on Rahat and there was sustained pressure on the Indian government to ensure justice was done, Rahat is being treated with respect and consideration. Those caught smuggling foreign currency in violation of India’s Foreign Exchange Management Act (Fema) have known to have stayed in detention for weeks. In India, Fema violation is a civil offence and Rahat could be in serious trouble if the case is taken up by the Indian authorities under money laundering laws instead of Fema.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2011.

COMMENTS (19)

Gulkhaiz | 13 years ago | Reply What is the big deal if Rahat has been caught red handed ?He has to go through the legal process.He is stupid and should have known that no country allows illegal transfer of money.Even illiterate laborers travelling to forth to middle east are aware of the travel laws. Mostly, people are sympathetic to him because of his standing as a singing maestro in the film industry. He should not have abused the love which people shower on him. People like Rahat should understand that they are icons in their field and are suppose to demonstrate exemplary behavior in all walks of life at all times. No body is against him. He is his own enemy. Moreover I personally appreciate the Indian customs for looking after the interest of their country. I wish we also emulate their responsibility and effectiveness. Anyway, once he is out he should apologize from everyone, for his conduct unbecoming, and carry on with his singing.
Raj | 13 years ago | Reply @Rehan - If you don't like music, then don't listen to it. But don't abuse it by saying it is haram and let folks enjoy who adore music. Similarly if you don't like Basant or Saraswati worship then keep away from it. No one will stop you but let others do it for whom it matters. However in relation with both the above instances you should object if somebody tries to push their act on you since you don't believe in those acts. Till then you need not to get concerned.
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