Pakistani singer-composer Adnan Sami on Thursday heaved a sigh of relief after he was granted a three-month visa extension by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The singer's Indian visa expired last week.
"Adnan was granted three months extension by MHA from October 6, the date when his visa has expired," Deputy Police Commissioner (Special Branch) Sanjay Shintre informed.
Another officer told, Shintre's office on Thursday received a fax from the MHA, informing about the three-month visa extension to the singer.
Clarifying his stand, the singer, in a statement released to media on Wednesday, said, "As per standard rules, I had made an application for extension of my visa to the concerned department of the Ministry of Home Affairs in New Delhi on September 14 as they are the only authority to issue all visa extensions. This is a standard procedure that is followed by all foreigners and I have been following it for the past 14 years. Hence this year is no different."
"Until the visa extension is granted by the MHA in New Delhi, I have to be in India as I cannot leave. The length of the process of granting visa extensions is at the direction of the MHA issuing department," he said.
44-year-old Sami, who has made India his second home for the past several years, was issued notice on Tuesday by the Mumbai police, which sought explanation from him for overstaying after his visa expired, and efforts being made by him for renewal of the visa within a week.