British-born, Pakistani-origin singer Adnan Sami has been served notice from Mumbai police for continuing to live in India even after his visa expired 10 days ago, officials said. Sami has been ordered to reply to the notice within a week explaining the reasons for the overstay, and details of the visa renewal process which he claims to have been initiated.
The 44-year old singer's visa, issued on September 26 last year,
expired on October 6 and the police notice has been issued under
the Foreigners Act, 1946.
Sami may be required to cough out a daily fine till he gets a visa renewal, but police sources declined to confirm this. When the matter came to light during the hearing of his divorce-cum-property dispute last week, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena's (MNS) film wing chief Amey Khopkar asked Sami to leave the country and return only after securing a valid visa.
Sami informed the MNS and the Mumbai police that he has applied for his visa renewal in New Delhi, but so far has not furnished any documentary evidence to back up the claim.
Khopkar said the MNS would move police, the state and central
governments over the issue, but Sami reportedly sought their
co-operation till he secured a renewed visa.