Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi was on Friday sentenced in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in Patiala, reports ANI. He has been given two years in jail.
He was, however, assumed bail by the court shortly after.
Daler and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been accused of illegally sending people away disguised as members of his ensemble by charging hefty “passage money.”
It was also purported that Mehndi brothers had taken two ensembles in 1998 and 1999 during which 10 people were taken to the US as group members and were “dropped off” illegally.
Soon after the Patiala Police registered a case against Daler and Shamsher on a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh, more complaints came up levelling charges of fraud against the two brothers.
Patiala Police had even raided the offices of Daler Mehndi at Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents, including the case file of those who had paid the purported “passage money” to Mehndi brothers.
In 2006, Patiala Police filed two discharge petitions articulating Daler Mehndi to be innocent, but the court had upheld that the singer be prosecuted as there was “efficient evidence against him on the judicial file and scope for further investigation”.