After recently being dragged to court by his ex-wife, singer Adnan Sami finds himself embroiled in controversy yet again. He now has to contend with the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which wants the authorities concerned to deny an extension on his visa.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNCKS), a group affiliated with the MNS, has requested the authorities to not grant him an extension on the visa even after the singer met the MNCKS president Ameya Khopkar and requested him to cooperate with him after allegations of him staying without a visa in India cropped up.
“We have asked the authorities to not allow the extension. We hope they pay heed to what we have said. We have a lot of talented artists of our own; we do not need a Pakistani to come and sing here. Besides, whatever money he earns here, he probably sends to Pakistan, and that country will be using the same money against us. So he has to leave the country,” said Ameya Khopkar.
The discussion on Sami’s visa was raised during an ongoing court case between Adnan Sami and his ex-wife Sabah Galadari, after Galadari’s lawyer raised the issue of the Pakistani singer’s illegal stay in India. Sami and Galadhari are in court over the possession of a duplex flat in Lokhandwala Complex, where the singer currently stays with his third wife.
According to media reports, Sami had claimed that he had a Pakistani passport and was residing in India on the basis of a visa granted to him from time to time. He also said his visa was valid from September 26, 2012, till October 6, 2013.
Usha Tanna, Sami’s lawyer, said, “The application for extension of visa is a normal process and he has been doing it for the last 20 years. These issues are being raised for the sake of publicity.
The case in the family court is limited to a few issues and the visa issue is outside the ambit of the family court.”