The famous Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi was convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in Patiala on Friday. Mehndi, who was sentenced to jail for two years, granted bail by the court soon after it.
Daler Mehndi’s brother Shamsher Singh had also been accused of illegally sending people abroad masked as members of his company by charging heavy “passage money”. This was also alleged that Mehndi brothers, during 1998 and 1999, had taken two troupes in which 10 people were taken to the US as group members and were “dropped off” illegally. Just after the Patiala Police registered a case against Daler and Shamsher on a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh, more complaints arose up leveling charges of fraud against the two brothers.
The Patiala Police had also raided the offices of Daler Mehndi at Connaught Place in New Delhi and detained documents, counting the case file of those who had paid the alleged “passage money” to Mehndi brothers. The Patiala Police filed two discharge petitions asserting Daler Mehndi to be innocent in 2006, but the court had defended that the Punjab pop singer to be prosecuted as there was “sufficient evidence against him on the judicial file and scope for further investigation”.