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Illegal immigration case: Daler Mehndi gets bail in human trafficking case

SNS | New Delhi |

Punjabi singer-performer Daler Mehndi, who was convicted by a local court in Patiala on charges of human trafficking in a 2003 immigration case, was granted bail shortly after his conviction.

As per TV reports, Daler and his brother, Shamsher Singh (who died in October 2017), had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty “passage money.”

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

Daler, on a trip to the US in the company of an actress had allegedly “dropped off” three girls at San Francisco.

Both brothers took another troupe to the US in October 1999 in the company of some other actors during which three boys were “dropped off” at New Jersey.

Patiala police had registered a complaint against the Mehndi brothers after one Bakshish Singh had levelled allegations of fraud against the brothers.

During the investigation, Daler’s office at at Connaught Place in New Delhi were also raided by the Patiala Police.They had seized documents, including the case file of those who had paid the alleged “passage money” to Mehndi brothers.

In 2006, Patiala Police filed two discharge petitions stating Daler Mehndi to be innocent, but the court had upheld that the singer be prosecuted as there was “sufficient evidence against him on the judicial file and scope for further investigation”.