Popular singer Daler Mehndi convicted by Patiala court in 2003 human trafficking case

Team SoOLEGAL 17 Mar 2018 12:43pm

Popular singer Daler Mehndi convicted by Patiala court in 2003 human trafficking case

Patiala (Punjab) : Popular Punjabi  pop singer Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher Singh have been convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in Patiala.They have been found guilty of illegally sending people abroad for money.T he Court of Judicial Magistrate Nidhi Saini, held Daler Mehndi guilty under section 420 (Cheating) and 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (Conspiracy).

He was sentenced to two years in jail and was later granted bail after he furnished a bail bond. Mehndi said he would challenge the case in higher court.

Two other accused, Shamsher Mehndi and Dhian Singh died during trail, while a third Bulbul Mehta, an employee of Mehndi’s firm, was acquitted for lack of evidence.

 In 2003,an FIR was filed against Daler  Mehndi and his brother Shamsher Mehndi — who died last year — and two others  by the Patiala police booked  on the basis of a complaint filed by Bakshish Singh, a resident of Balbera village. He alleged he paid Mehndi Rs. 12 lakhs to sent him to Canada. After the police registered this FIR, it received 35 more complaints all alleging  that the Mehndi brothers had promised to send them overseas illegally in return for money.

During the trial the police claimed that the Mehndi brothers had taken two performance groups to the US in 1998 and 1999 during which they had “dropped off” 10 group members illegally.

 The Patiala Police had also raided the offices of Daler Mehndi at Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents. 

But strangely, in 2006, the Patiala Police filed two discharge petitions stating Daler Mehndi to be innocent, but the court insisted the singer be prosecuted as there was “sufficient evidence against him”. 

The main complainant Bakshish Singh said that he is happy that Daler Mehndi he is happy with the verdict.

Tagged: Patiala Court   Punjab Police   Daler Mehndi   Human trafficking  
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