Saturday, February 19, 2011
Rahat Fateh charged under Customs Act
Pakistani Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has been charged under Customs Act for carrying undeclared foreign currency. His manager Maroof also faces similar charges.
According to Indian TV that 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. After paying penalty, Rahat and Mahroof can leave.
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.