Daler Mehndi, a well-known Punjabi musician, has been detained by Punjab police after being given a two-year prison term in a human trafficking incident on Thursday by a Punjabi jury in Patiala.
He was found guilty of human trafficking in 2003, and the issue was being reviewed following a 2018 sentencing in the same court. The court has affirmed the earlier judgement. He had previously been given a two-year prison term but was later released on bail. Mehndi was taken into custody after the judge ordered his immediate arrest.
Following an FIR (First Information Report) at the Sadar Patiala police headquarters in 2003, Mehndi was found guilty under sections 420, 406, 465, 120B, 468, and 471 of the (IPC) Indian Penal Code and (IPA) Indian Passport Act. Despite the appeal, the court sentenced the Punjabi singer to two years in prison.
Mehndi, his now-deceased sibling Shamsher Singh, and two more people were arrested in a human trafficking case by Patiala cops in 2003. The cops received 35 further accusations against the well-known vocalist after the initial one was filed.
Some petitioners claim that he stole anywhere from 12 lakh rupees and more from them in return for unlawfully shipping them to other countries, primarily Canada and the USA. In consideration for substantial quantities of money, they had made promises to send individuals abroad to perform with their dancing troupes on his international programmes.
After conducting a search of Daler Mehndi’s New Delhi headquarters in Connaught Place and seizing several records, Punjab police discovered a wealth of evidence against him.
Although Daler Mehndi was declared innocent by the Patiala cops in two release pleas submitted in 2006, the court ruled that Daler Mehndi should be prosecuted since there was “substantial proof against him on the legal file and opportunity for further inquiry.”