Rahat to appear before Directorate of Revenue Intelligence

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 11:27 AM IST

Spicezee Bureau

Mumbai: Noted Pakistan singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan along with two of his colleagues Maroof and event manager Chitresh Shirivastava, will appear before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday.

This is the second time that Pakistan singer, who has been at the centre of a murky controversy, will appear before the DRI for questioning in connection with the undisclosed money seized from him recently.

He and his aides have been asked to surrender their passports and not to leave India.

Rahat was released after an assurance by the Pakistan High Commission that he will cooperate with the probe, the sources added.

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence will garner information about the source of foreign currency recovered from the singer.

Official sources said the ED will focus on the event managers and will also issue summons to them under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to explain how they got the foreign exchange that was paid to the singer.

The Directorate will also look into whether the event managers had prior clearance to make such payments in foreign currency.

The Income Tax department will seek details of a diary seized from the possession of event manager Chitresh Shrivastava which allegedly contained names of some Bollywood stars.

Rahat (37) along with his manager Maaroof and Shrivastava was detained on February 14 at the IGI airport after USD 1.24 lakh was allegedly recovered from their possession.

DIR also conducted searches 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 had claimed that the sleuths found Rs 51 lakh in cash which was seized besides some documents. The Income Tax department will also look into the source of the money seized from the firm`s premises.

The DIR has summoned the singer to appear before it on February 17.