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Black money tinge on Rahat's dollars.

THE directorate of revenue intelligence ( DRI) on Thursday grilled Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and was let off later in the evening. The agency has decided to enlarge the ambit of its probe into the $ 1.24 lakh ( ` 60 lakh) in cash seized from him at the Delhi airport on February 13.

DRI sources said the agency will question the hosts of the shows where Rahat performed and alleged the cash received by the singer for performing live at Rajkot, Mumbai and Delhi was black money.

In Delhi alone, Rahat did about 10 shows charging ` 15 lakh to ` 20 lakh per show. The singer and his manager Maroof and their Indian agent Chitresh Shrivastava, the owner of Eyeline Telefilm and Events, were questioned at length by the DRI's Delhi unit.

Chitresh is the elder brother of Bollywood composer Aadesh Shrivastava.

After releasing Rahat and Maroof, the DRI had directed the duo not to leave the country and appear before the sleuths on Thursday. The officials later took their statements, a part of the process before a penalty could be imposed on the large volume of cash confiscated from them.

The officials have also downloaded about 300 to 400 emails from a hard disk and were analysing the correspondence. The DRI officials said the singer and his manager were largely let off owing to diplomatic pressure put by Pakistan.

According to the Custom Act, passengers can't carry more than $ 5,000 ( about ` 23 lakh) in cash and $ 5,000 in other instruments. Also, if a passenger is carrying more currency then a formal declaration is required to be made before the authorities concerned.

The authorities have extended the singer's visa by 10 more days after its expiry on February 14, sources said.

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