New Delhi: Punjabi Pop star Daler Mehndi, who was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday, was garanted bail minutes after he was convicted in a human trafficking case of 2003.
The 50 year old singer was taken into custody as soon as the verdict was announced.
Daler Mehndi and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty “passage money.”
The Mehndi brothers had allegedly 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 Mehndi, 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.
Soon after the Patiala Police registered a case against Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh, 35 more complaints came up levelling charges of fraud against the two brothers.
The complaints had alleged that two brothers had taken “passage money” from them to help them migrate to the US “illegally”, but had failed to do so.