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Daler Mehndi Convicted of Human Trafficking, Soon Got Bail

In 2003, a case was registered by the Patiala Police on a complaint filed by Bakshish Singh of Balbehra village in Punjab against Mehndi, Shamsher and some of his associates. It was alleged that Mehndi and his brother had duped him and took lakhs of rupees on pretext of sending Bakshish Singh abroad as a member of the troupe of Daler Mehndi.
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Daler Mehndi, the popular singer, has been convicted by Patiala Court in Punjab and sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a human trafficking case. The Singer though was taken into custody by Punjab Police immediately after the conviction, but soon was released on bail.

In 2003, a case was registered by the Patiala Police on a complaint filed by Bakshish Singh of Balbehra village in Punjab against Mehndi, Shamsher and some of his associates. It was alleged that Mehndi and his brother had duped him and took lakhs of rupees on pretext of sending Bakshish Singh abroad as a member of the troupe of Daler Mehndi. The Punjabi pop singer got arrested but received a bail within few days. After the case has been registered, several others also came up with similar complaints against Mehndi brothers.

Samsher, after suffering from Jaundice, died in October 2017, who has performed several stage shows with his brother Daler Mehndi and his troupe.

The Court had dismissed two discharge petitions filed by the police in favour of Daler Mehndi and ordered the police to file a fresh challan against the singer. In 2006, the first discharge petition was filed stating that Daler Mehndi had been innocent, thus he must be discharged. Anyhow, the court rejected the petition, and was upheld that there was sufficient evidence on the judicial file against him and the Police should prosecute the case. Following the first petition, police again moved another discharge application in the Court which got rejected as well, and instructed the police to file a fresh challan against the singer.
 

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Reviewed by:
Rashmita Das
Published on 17th Mar, 2018
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