Daler Mehndi convicted of human trafficking, gets two years jail time

Daler Mehndi convicted of human trafficking, gets two years jail time

The singer was accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe and taking "passage" money
Updated 16 Mar, 2018

In today's bizarre news, 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 on Friday, reports NDTV.

Mehdi and his brother Shamsher Singh had been accused of sending people abroad by illegally disguising them as members of his troupe after charging exorbitant "passage money". The brothers allegedly had taken two troupes in 1998 and 1999 during the course of which 10 people were taken to the U.S as group members and "dropped off" illegally.

On a trip to the U.S with an actress, Mehdi reportedly "dropped off" three women in San Francisco, and on a later trip, also "dropped off" three men in New Jersey.

Soon after the Patiala Police registered a case against the duo, more complaints of fraud came forward.

The complaints stated that two brothers had taken "passage money" from them to help people migrate to the US "illegally", but had failed to do so. Patiala Police has also raided the singer's offices, seizing case documents including a case file of those who had already paid the supposed passage money.

Update: The singer was reportedly taken into custody by the Punjab Police, soon after his conviction was announced but was granted bail less than half an hour later.


VM Mar 16, 2018 02:28pm
In India, big and influential people are not out of reach of law.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 16, 2018 03:08pm
What a big tragedy?
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syed s ahmed Mar 16, 2018 03:19pm
Fraud has no creed.
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Vivek Wani Mar 16, 2018 03:42pm
It's shame!
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ukasha Mar 16, 2018 03:46pm
Most people in show biz, specially working in groups do this. Its easy money and a lot of good people get trapped by it. If the agencies dig deeper into each and every case they will find a lot of stuff.
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M Taimur Mar 16, 2018 04:07pm
I am impressed. In India even influential people and big names cannot avoid law. One main reason might be that the judges focus on law and criminal proceedings. I have never heard any court suggesting any action against minorities or giving political statements.
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N abidi Mar 16, 2018 07:46pm
India is doing a good job for punishing rich and powerful, pak needs to learn, good lessons!
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anonymouseeee Mar 16, 2018 11:13pm
India in the news for all the wrong reasons, AGAIN.
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allyalai Mar 17, 2018 01:02am
thats all because of his ethnicity.. in real india
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