Court suspends Daler Mehndi’s two-year jail term

A Patiala court suspended the two-year jail sentence of Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi, who was convicted in human trafficking case.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Rajeev Kalra suspended the jail sentence.

He was convicted by Patiala court and later he was granted bail.

The case dates back to 2003 when Daler and his brother Shamsher was accused of human trafficking. The case against the two brothers was registered at the Patiala sadar police station by Bakshish Singh, a resident of Balbehra village in the district. He alleged that he was cheated by the duo of Rs 4.50 lakh which he gave to them on the pretext of sending him abroad as a member of pop singer’s troupe.

Daler Mehndi and his brother, Shamsher Singh has been accused of illegally sending people abroad camouflaged as members of his singing troupe by charging hefty amount for the passage.

It is alleged the Mehndi brothers dropped off 10 persons illegally to the US with two different troupes that they have taken in 1998 and 1999.

Daler Mehndi illegally "dropped off" three girls at San Francisco and in October 1999 they dropped off three boys at New Jersey.

Soon after the Patiala Police registered a case against Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh, 35 more complainants came up with complaints against the Mehndi brothers.

In their complaints, the complainants said that the two brothers had taken "passage money" from them to migrate to the US "illegally", but had failed to do so.

Patiala Police had even raided Daler Mehndi offices at Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents of "passage money". 

Meanwhile, Daler Mehndi claimed that he is innocent and will appeal in higher court, 
“I have been granted bail. We will appeal in higher court,” he told ANI.