New Delhi: Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his manager have been slapped with a penalty of Rs 15 lakh each under the Customs Act for carrying over $ 1 lakh undeclared while boarding a flight from Delhi to Dubai last week.
The artiste and his manager Maroof who were charged under the Foreign Exchange Management Act and Customs Act, will have to pay the fine immediately to have Khan’s money, passport and other documents returned.
On Saturday, Rahat was charged with violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and Customs Act.
His manager Maroof was also charged for similar offenses.
Earlier Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was questioned on Friday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials for allegedly carrying $ 1.24 lakh (about Rs 60 lakh) of undeclared foreign currency.
The investigation was against Rahat and four of his associates.
The DRI officials had also interrogated two foreign exchange dealers in Mumbai on Friday in connection with the matter.
Besides Rahat, his manager Maroof, owner of an event management company Chitresh Shrivastava, and two employees of Mumbai-based Foreign Exchange firm were detained and questioned at length about the source of the money.
Rahat was detained when he, along with his 16-member troupe, was on his way to Lahore via Dubai.
Soon after their detention, searches were conducted simultaneously on the premises of “Eyeline Telefilm and Events” in Mumbai, owned by Chitresh, elder brother of bollywood singer Aadesh Shrivastava.
Sources privy to the investigations claimed that the sleuths found Rs 51 lakh in cash which was seized besides some documents.
As per norms, no one can 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.
Khan is rated as a one of the top playback singer of Hindi film industry who 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’.