Pakistani origin veteran actor and singer Salma Agha was on Monday granted lifetime Indian visa, according to sources from the Ministry Of Home Affairs.
Salma Agha met Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital on Monday. Agha is the divorced wife of Adnan Sami. The couple legally separated from each other in 1997.
Salma was the daughter of Liaqat Gul Agha and Nasreen (Zarina Ghaznavi), but her maternal grandparents were actor Jugal Kishore Mehra and actress Anwari Begum, sources said.
Apparently Salma is now claiming the OCI card on the ground that Jugal Kishore Mehra, who hailed from Lucknow, had adopted her at a later stage. Things are under examination.
As per rules, a foreign national who is a child, grandchild or a great grandchild of Indian citizen is eligible for registration as OCI card holder.
The OCI cards are often a much sought-after official document, given after the home ministry’s nod, allowing the holder a multiple-entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India and exemption from reporting to police authorities for any length of stay.
However, according to established rules, any person whose parents and grandparents were citizens of Pakistan and Bangladesh cannot be eligible for registration as an OCI.
Salma Agha, as an actress and playback singer, had made her Indian debut with film ‘Nikaah’ in 1982 and won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.