Rahat Fateh Ali Khan detained at Delhi airport

Sunday, February 13, 2011

NEW DELHI - Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here Sunday on his arrival from Pakistan for allegedly carrying a huge amount of undeclared foreign currency, said to be $100,000, official sources said.

“Khan arrived at IGI airport on a flight from Karachi and was intercepted by personnel from Directorate of Revenue Intelligence acting on some prior information,” the sources said.

“The singer was carrying a huge amount of foreign currency which he did not declare to the immigration authorities. Two other people accompanying him have also been detained,” the sources added.

Khan is being questioned by the custom officials at the airport itself and the amount of the money is being ascertained, they said.

Famous as a hit playback singer in Bollywood, the 37-year-old nephew of Pakistani singing legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, was earlier too involved in a controversy when organisers of a concert in Gurgaon filed a police complaint against him in July last year for his failure to turn up for a show.

Khan has several hit numbers to his credit and had won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer this year for ‘Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji’ from the movie “Ishqiya”.

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