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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Posted by HussainModel

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been arrested at Delhi airport, reported by a reliable news channel of India, AajTak. Reason of arrest is said to be possession of undeclared foreign currency. The custom officials are questioning the Sufi singer. We don’t have more details on the story yet. We will keep you posted as the story develops. Update 1 at 18:33 PST: He has been arrested for carrying excessive undeclared foreign currency. Two other persons who were accompanying him, have also been detained.
Update 2 at 19:15 PST: He was on flight from Karachi and was intercepted by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence.
Update 3 at 21:34 PST: He was in possession of 124,000 US dollars while a foreign national cannot carry beyond $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in other instruments.
Update 4: He has been released but his passport has been held for further investigations. He can’t leave India meanwhile and has to appear before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence on February 17...
  • Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was arrested by India's Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday, a day after he was detained at the international airport here for carrying undisclosed foreign currency worth more than $100,000, an official said.

"He has been arrested and will be produced in Patiala House court later today (Monday)," a DRI official said. Rahat had been taken to the DRI office at the CGO Complex Sunday after he was detained at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport Sunday.
He was on his way back to Pakistan after attending concerts and award functions in India. More than $100,000 were recovered from the 15-member troupe. Any amount in excess of $10,000 has to be declared by a traveller to the customs.
According to officials, Rahat was questioned by senior DRI officials till late last night.
Rahat is the nephew of legendary singer late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and is popular both in India and Pakistan. His numerous hit songs from Indian films are a rage on both sides of the border, for which he has won several awards, including the recent Filmfare award for 'Dil to Bacha Hai Jee'. He was also a judge on the Indian music reality show 'Chhote Ustad'.
Pakistan has begun frantic efforts to secure the release of the singer. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir called Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad Sharat Sabharwal and discussed the matter around midnight Sunday. He requested the Indian envoy to ensure that "no official should misbehave with Rahat during interrogation"..


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