The Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Mumbai has begun a discreet inquiry against Pakistani singer-composer Adnan Sami to find out how he purchased properties in India despite being a foreigner.
The ED is inquiring the details about Adnan’s eight properties in the city. As per rules, no foreigner is allowed to acquire any property in India without Reserve Bank of India’s permission. Moreover, a foreigner has to justify every purchase of flat.
The ED’s intelligence wing began the inquiry on Tuesday after Adnan’s wife Saba filed a petition in the Bombay High Court, seeking restraining orders against him and his family from entering the flats that she claims to own. The petition mentions that the couple’s marriage is on the rocks, and a divorce petition has been filed in the family court.
Adnan had purchased five flats at Oberoi Sky Garden in Andheri in December 2003. He gifted them to Saba in May 2008 after their marriage in April 2007.
Besides, Adnan mortgaged two other flats in the same building to her. As per Saba’s petition, Adnan also owns a flat in Ankita Apartments in Lokhandwala, Andheri.
A senior ED official, requesting anonymity, said the inquiry is being conducted to verify details, including Adnan’s nationality. The agency is also verifying if Adnan had bought the flats on his own name and whether he sought RBI’s permission for purchasing all these properties.
The official said after the details are verified and if found that Adnan bought any of the properties flouting rules, an open inquiry would start and he would be questioned. In such case, the ED would register a case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).
Adnan’s lawyer Vibhav Krishna said he has no idea about the ED inquiry.