In a severe blow to the covert efforts of decorated Pakistani double spy ‘Major’ Adnan Sami, he has been fined by the Indian government. And just when we thought that his cover was iron-clad.
Former Pakistani singer and keyboard player Adnan Sami was fined by the Modi government, after they discovered that he had brought properties in Mumbai when he was a Pakistani citizen (we all make mistakes in the beginning Major Sami, we all do).
Adnan Sami Just Got Indian Citizenship Two Years Ago
It was during January 2016 that Adnan Sami got Indian citizenship, a move that allows him all the rights that an Indian resident has.
But these benefits do not extend to what Adnan did in 2003, during his move to India. The singer purchased eight flats in Mumbai, without seeking permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The law says that foreign nationals are required to seek permission from RBI before they can buy property in India.
In September 12, a tribunal which heard Adnan Sami’s case ruled that since he violated laws in 2003, he should pay INR 50 lakhs for the offence. The tribunal order also mentions that the flats were bought by a loan and income from India only.
In his defence, Sami told the court that he was unaware that the permission was necessary to buy property in Mumbai.
But that’s not all Adnan had to endure at the hands of the Indian authorities he likes to defend every now or then. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) earlier levied a penalty of INR20 lakh and some of his properties were also seized as a result.
Adnan has just three months to pay INR 50 lakhs. He has only paid INR 10 lakhs so far.