Thursday, a Patiala court imposed a two-year prison sentence on Punjabi musician Daler Mehndi in a 2003 human trafficking case.
Thursday, a district court in Patiala confirmed a verdict from 2018 in a 19-year-old human trafficking case in which Mehndi and his brother were accused of illegally transferring people abroad disguised as members of his dancing troupe.
Judge HS Grewal ordered the singer’s immediate detention. Bakshish Singh filed the first charge in September 2003 at the Patiala Sadar police station, stating that the Mehndi brothers illegally brought ten individuals to the United States in 1998 and 1999 in two troupes.
Bakshish Singh told ANI today, “They collected 13 lakh rupees from me to take me to Canada.” “They neither sent me overseas nor returned my money. Previously, they performed this function of transporting individuals abroad.”
In 2013, an FIR was filed at the Sardar Patiala police station, and the singer was charged underthe Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Indian Passport Act sections 406, 420, 120B, 465, 468, and 471.
In 2018, a judge found both brothers guilty and sentenced each to two years in prison. However, they were released on bond a few minutes after conviction. They filed an appeal with the Sessions Court later on. According to sources, Daler can now appeal to the Punjab and Haryana High Court.