Chennai, Sep 18: Bollywood star actor Saif Ali Khan is once again in soup. He was grilled last Saturday by Enforcement Directorate(ED) regarding his imported care. Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday questioned Saif in an eight-year-old case for alleged evasion of importing a high-end car from Dubai.
Saif was called in for questioning and ED officials subsequently recorded his statement on the mode of payment and the car's subsequent transfer to India recorded.The case dates back to 2004, when ED had summoned the actor concerning illegal possession of an imported vehicle. Saif chose not to respond to ED's legal notice which was sent to him In 2006.
Officials suspect that the payment for purchase of the car was made outside India and ED was investigating under the provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Sources inform that the vehicle in question, Toyota Land Cruiser, was imported under the Transfer of Residence Rules in 2004 from Dubai. The importer is a Kerala resident, Kolangara Mannuni Mohammad. He is a man of small means and could not have paid for the car himself.
Under the Transfer of Residence Rules, a person of Indian origin can import his personal assets free of customs duty for his own use in India after staying abroad for a period of two years. Saif, whose statement has not been recorded so far, today appeared before the ED officials, who suspect that he had paid the money for the car to Mohammed to purchase it in Dubai.