Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actors Fawad Khan and Imran Abbas Naqvi have
been exposed in a sting operation conducted by Network 18 Group
which shows Fawad and Imran's managers demanding that their payment
be made in both black and white money for an appearance of two
hours for an event.
For those of you who are confused as to why they are asking for
'black money' when they can transact in a legal way; the answer to
it is taxes. The duo would show white money on papers and the rest
of the black money would go directly to their pockets without any
tax being paid as it would not be on papers.
In the sting operation report sent out by News18, Fawad Khan's
manager demanded Rs 50 lakhs for a two-hour appearance and asked
the payment to be made in black and white. The black money had to
be 25 percent of the deal amount and the rest was to be transferred
to Fawad Khan's UAE-based bank account.
Imran Abbas Naqvi's manager demanded Rs 35 lakhs for a two-hour
appearance, with Rs 32 lakhs to be paid in black and only Rs 3
lakhs to be paid in white. Given that all the Pakistani artists
come to India on a work permit obtained through the Ministry of
External Affairs (MEA) for professional activities, these kinds of
transactions violate the law. In fact, insistence of payment in
black money also violates Service Tax and Income Tax laws.