NEW DELHI – Pakistani Singer Adnan Sami whose Pakistani passport expired in May 2015, has been allowed to stay in India for an indefinite time period, following his appeal to authorities in New Delhi to legalize his stay on humanitarian grounds.
The 46 year old singer had submitted an application to the home ministry on May 26, 2015 requesting an exemption from deportation from India on humanitarian grounds.
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said, in the lower house of parliament that the artist has been exempted from deportation proceedings under Section 3 of the Foreigners Act.
The representation submitted by Sami, a Pakistani national, has been considered carefully by the Home Ministry.
The appeal submitted by Sami, a Pakistani national, has been considered carefully by the home ministry, the minister informed the house.
Sami is a controversial figure in India and has been involved in a flow of marital battles.
Sami had first arrived in India on March 13, 2001 on a visitor’s visa with the validity of one year which was issued by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
During his extended stay in India, the singer received several visa extensions but when Pakistan refused to renew his passport. This forced him to approach the government in New Delhi with the request to legalize his stay in the country.
Sami’s two songs from the album, “Kabhi To Nazar Milao” and “Lift Karaa De” whose music video starred the popular Indian actor Govinda, were a sensation in early 2000s.