Pak singer Rahat Ali Khan appears before DRI
Posted on: 07:33 AM IST Feb 17, 2011
New Delhi: Pakistani Sufi singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan appeared before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday in New Delhi. Rahat was detained at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday for carrying a huge amount of undisclosed foreign currency. He was released on Monday but not allowed to leave India.
The 37-year-old nephew of legendary Pakistani qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan was released along with his two associates, Chitresh Shrivastava and Maroof, who were also detained on Sunday, the reports said.
Rahat and his associates' passports have been impounded and have been asked to appear before the DRI on Thursday. He will not be allowed to leave India for the time being.
The DRI officials on Monday swooped at the premises of "Eyeline Telefilm and Events", owned by Chitresh, elder brother of Bollywood singer Aadesh Shrivastava, and searched the premises.
Sources privy to the investigations claimed that the sleuths found Rs 51 lakh in cash which was seized besides some documents which could be helpful in the probe being carried out by the DRI.
The sources said questioning of Chitresh was carried out on the alleged cash seizure made from his Mumbai premises. Rahat and his entire troupe, numbering around 16, were on in their way to Lahore via Dubai by an Emirates flight.
The DRI had allegedly seized foreign currency totalling $1.24 lakh from the troupe.
Earlier, interior minister Rehman Malik called Pakistan's high commissioner in New Delhi, Shahid Malik, to inquire about the detention of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
According to a statement, Malik said he was examining the matter and had asked the Pakistani high commissioner to India to monitor the matter thoroughly.
(With additional information from PTI)