A Patiala court has sentenced popular Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi to 2 years of jail in a human trafficking case of 2003. As per the case, Daler Mehndi and brother illegally sent people abroad by showing them as troupe members.
In the FIR nineteen years ago, Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher Singh were accused of taking money to illegally send people abroad via troupe route in 1998 and 1999. They were charged under Indian Penal Code’s sections for human trafficking and conspiracy besides Indian Passport Act. Both brothers got 2 years jail terms from a judicial magistrate’s court in 2018, but they were released on bail and filed appeals.
The police had earlier moved 2 petitions before the court saying that Daler Mehndi was not required in the case as he had nothing to do with the immigration fraud, called kabootarbaazi meaning flying pigeons referring to the number of youth in Punjab trying to use illegal means to settle abroad.
In 2003, Patiala police registered a case against Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh, on a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh; 35 more complaints came up leveling charges of fraud against both the brothers.
Today, the Additional District and Sessions Judge HS Grewal dismissed Daler Mehndi’s appeal. The judge HS Grewal ordered the immediate arrest of the singer.