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Rahat Fateh charged under Customs Act

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been charged in New Delhi under Customs Act for carrying undeclared foreign currency while his manager Maroof also faces similar charges. According to the media reports, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) will now confiscate the currency and the issue will go to a quasi-judicial authority headed by a Customs officer.

The authority will be go through charges and will adjudicate what is the penalty and the quantum. Few Indian channels are reporting that after paying penalty, Rahat and Mahroof can leave India. The singer, along with his manager and owner of an event management company Chitresh Shrivastava, has faced several rounds of questioning by the DRI officials, the latest being on Friday when they were questioned for 11 hours in New Delhi. Chitresh is the brother of renowned music director Aadesh Shrivastava.

Rahat and others had been detained for allegedly carrying US $1.24 lakh (about Rs. 60 lakh) of undeclared foreign currency at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 13. The singer was stopped at the airport and his passport confiscated after performing a string of concerts in India. According to Indian customs rules, visitors are allowed to carry only $5,000 in cash in and out of the country.

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