Revenue officials grill Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Noted Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was extensively questioned by revenue intelligence officials regarding the over $1 lakh recovered from his possession.delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2011 13:01 IST
Noted Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was extensively questioned by revenue intelligence officials regarding the over $1 lakh recovered from his possession.
The singer was detained at the IGI airport in New Delhi on Sunday by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials after he and two of his troupe members were caught allegedly carrying $1.24 lakh (about Rs 60 lakh) in undeclared foreign currency.
Sources said Rahat was then taken to the DRI office in New Delhi and questioned at length.
Rahat (37) and his entire troupe, numbering around 16, including his manager Maroof and event manager were detained. The troupe was on in its way to Lahore via Dubai by an Emirates flight.
A nephew of Pakistani singing legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Rahat is a top Bollywood playback singer and has several hit numbers to his credit.
He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer this year for Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji from the movie Ishqiya.
"The DRI officers found altogether $1,24,000 which is equivalent to about Rs 60 lakhs. $24,000 found from the baggage carried by Rahat while the remaining $50,000 each were found from the baggage of two troupe members," Central Board of Excise and Customs chairman S Dutt Majumdar had said.
The recovered foreign currency included $10,000 and $8,600 in demand drafts, sources had said.
Khan was intercepted by DRI personnel around 4pm acting on some prior information, the sources said.
As per norms, a foreign national cannot carry beyond $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in other instruments.
The person has to declare the amount if he is carrying more than this to the Customs Department.
According to sources, the payments by an event manager to Rahat was made in Indian currency and US dollars and these people were allegedly found converting the dollars to Indian rupees "through unauthorised channels".