A sting operation carried out by News18 India on the agents of Pakistani artistes like Fawad Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shafaqat Amanat Ali, Mawra Hocane and Imran Abbas Naqvi shows black money is used to crack deals with these artistes.
Pakistani artistes Fawad Khan and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
The fee was for appearance in wedding ceremonies.
In formal contract only a small amount was to be showed as compared to the amount agreed upon.
Shafaqat Amanat Ali and Mawra Hocane
As per the sting, Ms Toral Soni, Fawad’s manager in India, demanded Rs 50 lakh for a two-hour appearance. He demanded that the payment should be made in black and white. The black money component was to be 25 per cent of the deal amount and the rest was to be transferred to the actor`s UAE-based bank account, the statement alleged.
Singers Shafqat Amanat Ali’s manager and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s representative demanded Rs 35 lakh and Rs 65 lakh respectively. While Ali’s former’s contract showed just Rs 8 lakh, the latter’s showed Rs 23 lakh, including taxes, News18 India said.
Imran Abbas Naqvi
Actor Imran’s manager demanded Rs 35 lakh for a performance, with Rs 32 lakh to be paid in black while the contract was to reflect a fee of just Rs 300,000.
The activity clearly violates statutory laws since all the Pakistani artists come to India on a work permit obtained through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for professional engagement. The insistence for payment in black money also violates Service Tax and Income Tax laws.