Rahat may get off the hook by paying a fine
Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his manager Maroof Ali may be let off with a fine for carrying undeclared foreign currency.delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2011 01:26 IST
Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his manager Maroof Ali may be let off with a fine for carrying undeclared foreign currency.
Khan and Ali were caught at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 13 for carrying an undeclared sum of $142,000 in cash and cheques when they were about to board a flight to Lahore.
After detaining the two at the airport, a DRI team raided two premises of event manager Chitresh Srivastava in Mumbai, which resulted in the recovery of around Rs50 lakh.
Sources said Chitresh and all the other organisers who paid to Khan for his shows in India would face action under customs act. After completion of probe by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, the matter was sent for adjudication to additional commissioner (customs) Ashutosh Baranwal, whose offices are at the airport. Baranwal will take a final decision on the quantum of penalty.
DRI officials questioned Khan and Ali for the fourth time along with Srivastava for about four hours on Saturday before they were taken to Baranwal’s office.