Rahat Fateh Ali Khan questioned by ED for 10 hrs

Popular Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was interrogated for nearly ten hours by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in New Delhi in connection with an alleged forex violations case against him, on Thursday, August 6.

The sufi singer who won Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer for the song 'Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji' (Ishqiya) and rendered several chartbusters, was intercepted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in 2011, along with his manager Marrouf Ali Khan, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport for allegedly carrying an undeclared amount of $1,24,000 and some other instruments in foreign currency.

The ED, which is the central agency to probe such forex contraventions under the FEMA, took over the case and had initiated the step after working on the case for over-an-year and after obtaining records of the said cash from RBI.

The singer who had been summoned to appear in person for questioning by the agency since 2014, deposed before them finally on Thursday. The Pakistani singer had deputed a team of lawyers to interact with the agency but the investigation required his personal appearance, PTI reported quoting its sources.

In his earlier statements, Rahat had said he had done nothing wrong and that they were carrying the huge amount of cash as they were travelling in a group and the act was inadvertent. The singer's lawyers had also submitted the details of his shows and events from which the singer accumulated the amount.

Investigators said that Rahat "satisfactorily" replied to all the questions and helped them with detailed replies about the transactions that are being probed, according to the report.