Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the 37-year-old, hit Bollywood playback singer and nephew of Pakistani singing legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. –Photo by AFP

NEW DELHI: Famous Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday evening for carrying a huge amount of foreign currency.

The officials of Pakistan High Commission reached the office of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence on Monday to meet the singer but Indian authorities have denied access to the star.

The 37-year-old, hit Bollywood playback singer and nephew of Pakistani singing legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, was being questioned Monday by officials who detained him as he tried to board a flight late Sunday for Lahore in Pakistan along with his 16-member troupe, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Foreign Office officials said the Pakistani High Commissioner had been directed to ensure that the Pakistani star was not being ill-treated.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday telephoned High Commissioner of Pakistan to New Delhi, Shahid Malik to inquire about the detention of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

According to a statement, the minister said he was examining the matter and had asked the Pakistani High Commissioner to India to monitor the matter thoroughly.

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