Indian authorities impose heavy fine on Adnan Sami
Indian authorities impose massive fine of INR50 lakh on Adnan Sami
Indian singer Adnan Sami Khan, who is known for his anti-Pakistan views, was fined heavily on Tuesday for violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
According to a leading Indian English daily, Adnan Sami has been fined INR50 lakhs by FEMA’s appelate tribunal.
According to FEMA, Adnan Sami has been fined for purchasing eight flats in Mumbai in 2003. The singer had bought the properties when he was a Pakistani national and not done so without the permission of the Reserve Bank of India.
The Tribunal has quashed the December 2010 order of the Enforcement Directorate Special Director (Mumbai), for confiscation of the properties, it did enhance the penalty amount from ₹20 lakh to ₹50 lakh.
Adnan Sami has to pay the amount within three months of the order. The singer had earlier deposited INR10 lakh.
The decision came in response to an appeal by the singer, who had complained against an order by the Special Director. The order had been to confiscate Sami’s flats and five parking lots and an impositon of INR20 lakh.
“The impugned order is set aside as far as exercise of discretion under Section 13(2) of the Act. The finding arrived under Section 13(1) shall remain intact. Mr. Sami shall deposit the remaining ₹40 lakh with the respondent [ED] within three months from today. As no case under Section 13(2) (about confiscation of eight flats and five parking space)…the said findings and part of the order is quashed,” stated the tribunal in its judgment.
Sami had bought the flats for a whopping INR2.5 crore. He had transferred five flats and parking spaces to his then-wife Sabah Galadari. However, his marriage with Galadari was declared null and void later.
Sami claimed that at the time, he did not know that Pakistani nationals could not purchase immovable property in India.
The tribunal noted that the flats had been purchased by Indian rupees from monies earned in India on which income tax had been paid. It noted that the loans had also been duly paid.
The tribunal also noted that after buying the flats, Sami had filed for Indian citizenship and was issued a certificate of naturalisation on January 1, 2016.
The fine is ironic in the sense that the singer, who hails from Pakistan, opted to give up the green passport to become an Indian citizen and has since then, been quite anti-Pakistan.
Sami has taken on Pakistanis on Twitter and sided with India in recent times. The singer had backed India when the two nuclear-armed neighbours almost went to war in February of this year, after Pakistan shot down two IAF jets for intruding into its airspace and captured an Indian pilot.