Rahat''s visa to be extended, adjudication may be after Feb 17

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) The visa of Pakistani sufi singerRahat Fateh Ali Khan has expired and the government was goingto extend it till the investigation into the alleged recoveryof 1.24 lakh US dollars from him and other members of histroupe at the IGI airport here was complete.

"His visa has expired. His visa will be extended and wehope that post February 17, there could be adjudicationproceeding and we hope that the matter would be resolved,"Union Home Secretary G K Pillai told reporters on thesidelines of a book release function today.

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) was, meanwhile,probing the source of foreign exchange worth Rs 60 lakhrecovered from Rahat and two others -- Maroof (manager of thesinger) and Chitresh Shrivastava (owner of an event managementcompany). They were released last night after remaining indetention for nearly 24 hours.

The singer has been asked to appear before DRI onFebruary 17.

Rahat (37) along with Maaroof and Shrivastava weredetained on Sunday from Indira Gandhi International Airportwhile they were on their way to Lahore via Dubai after thealleged undeclared money was recovered from them.

The officials subjected the singer to the questioningwhile searches were conducted simultaneously on the premisesof "Eyeline Telefilm and Events" in Mumbai, owned by Chitresh,elder brother of Bollywood singer Aadesh Shrivastava.

Chitresh will have to explain Rs 51 lakh unaccounted cashalso that was recovered from his office in Mumbai yesterday.

As per norms, no one can carry beyond USD 5,000 in cashand USD 5,000 in other instruments. The person has to declarethe amount if he is carrying more than this to the CustomsDepartment.

Rahat and his entire troupe, numbering around 16, weredetained by the authorities while they were on their way toLahore from Dubai by an Emirates flight.

Nephew of noted Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,Rahat is rated as one of the top playback singers of Bollywoodand has several hit numbers to his credit. He won the FilmfareAward for Best Male Playback Singer this year for ''Dil ToBachcha Hai Ji'' from the movie ''Ishqiya''.

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