Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi has been sentenced to two years in jail for running a human trafficking ring. The sentence was served by Patiala Court on Friday for the 2003 case. The singer has been found guilty in the case where he is said to have taken ‘passage money’ from people to traffic them into the United States of America.
The case states that the singer disguised these people as part of his troupe during the journey and then illegally dropped them off in various cities of America. He is alleged to have taken troupes in 1999 and 1998 during which almost 10 people were dropped off in the country. He allegedly ran the ring with his brother Shamsheer Singh.
The brothers are alleged to have done this in the company of actors. During one trip they dropped off three girls in San Francisco while on another they did the same with three boys in New Jersey. Their deeds came to light after a case was filed by Bakshish Singh, following which, 35 more complaints surfaced, all accusing the singer of the same.
The complainant accused that the singer had received the ‘passage money’ but had failed to deliver accordingly. Raid at Daler’s office in Connaught Place in New Delhi produced documents linking the charges before the police.
The singer released a statement via Twitter saying that while the case is unfortunate, he is not involved in it.