India singer Daler Mehndi convicted for smuggling migrants

Singer Daler Mehndi sentenced to 2 years in jail in human trafficking case

NEW DELHI: Indian Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi has been sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in Delhi.

Mehndi and six others were accused in 2003 of cheating people of large sums of money by falsely promising to take them to Western countries.

The singer was convicted on Friday in the northern state of Punjab. But he was released on bail soon after.

“I have been granted bail. We will appeal in higher court,” the singer said.

The complainants had alleged that the Mehandi brothers had taken ‘passage money’ from them to help them migrate to the US illegally, but failed to do so.

Daler Mehndi, 50, and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty “passage money.”

It was also alleged that Mehndi brothers had taken two troupes in 1998 and 1999 during which 10 people were taken to the US as group members and were “dropped off” illegally.

Mehndi is one of the most popular Punjabi singers of the 1990s and early 2000s, and also has a following abroad.



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