The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has started looking into the activities of renowned singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan due to allegations of money laundering and tax evasion following a video showing violent behavior. The FIA is asking the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) for detailed information about Rahat’s money and taxes for the past 12 years. This investigation coincides with revelations that Rahat earned nearly Rs8 billion over 12 years through local and international concerts.
The decision to examine Rahat’s finances comes at the same time as a global scandal triggered by a video showing him attacking a band member. Salman Ahmed, Rahat’s former promoter, revealed that the singer generated around Rs8 billion during their 12-year collaboration. The FIA has urged the FBR to provide detailed tax payment records, emphasizing the serious nature of the allegations.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s recent controversies involve allegations of tax evasion, with differences noted between reported income and tax payments. Salman Ahmed, managing Rahat for 12 years, promised to cooperate with authorities, presenting evidence of financial transactions and audit trails. The FBR highlights inconsistencies in Rahat’s tax records compared to his substantial earnings.
In the middle of these developments, Rahat announced severing ties with Salman Ahmed’s management company and transitioning control to family members. The FIA’s inquiry stems from concerns about the authenticity of Rahat’s reported income, aligning with global efforts against money laundering and financial crimes.
Rahat’s history of tax-related issues includes previous fines, account seizures, and visa denials over non-payment of taxes. The FIA emphasizes its commitment to investigating transnational organized crime, money laundering, and other financial offenses, reflecting its broader role in addressing corruption and fraud.