Popular singer Daler Mehndi sentenced to 2 years in jail for human trafficking
Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi has been convicted in a case of human trafficking by a court in Patiala. The case dates back to 2003.
The court sentenced the singer to a two-year jail term. However, Daler was granted bail within minutes of the sentencing.
Daler Mehndi and his brother, Shamsher, were both charged in the case at first. A person called Bakshish Singh filed the charges against them. Later, over 30 complaints were received.
The charges were that the Mehndi brothers had taken 10 people illegally to the United States in 1998 and 1999.
They had charged a lot of money from them for this. These 10 people were taken out of India as part of their troupe. They were supposed to perform with Daler, and were later dropped off in the U.S.
Shamsher Mehndi passed away last year. Daler has always maintained his innocence, but the court found sufficient proof against him.