New Delhi (JPN/Agencies): Taking a note on security of its noted singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Pakistan Foriegn Secretary Salman Bashir spoke to Indian High Commission in Pakistan. He said that the singer should not be manhandled and bad treated. Bashir also appealed for his early release.

Rahat and his two associates were released on Monday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) after facing more than 24 hours of detention in connection with the recovery of huge sums of undeclared foreign currency from their possession.

However, Rahat and two others- Maroof and Chitresh Shirivastava have been asked to appear before DRI on February 17 and their passports have been confiscated by DRI.

Rahat, the 37-year-old nephew of legendary Pakistani qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, was detained at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday on the charge that he and his associates Maroof and Chitresh Srivastava were carrying USD 124,000 (about Rs 60 lakh) in undeclared foreign currency.

As per norms, a foreign national cannot carry beyond USD 5,000 in cash and USD 5,000 in other instruments.

However, it is not yet clear as to on what basis have they been released.

As per reports, there is a strong case against Rahat and his associates, while some other reports suggest that Rahat was released after an assurance by the Pakistan High Commission that he will cooperate with the probe.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir asked India to immediately end the "protective custody" of the singer. Bashir also spoke with the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad and urged that the singer be released.

 Meanwhile, the DRI officials carried out searches at the premises of "Eyeline Telefilm and Events", owned by Chitresh Shrivastava, elder brother of Bollywood singer Aadesh Shrivastav.

Sources privy to the investigations claimed that the sleuths found Rs 51 lakh in cash which was seized besides some documents which could be helpful in the probe being carried out by the DRI.