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Singer Daler Mehndi was on Thursday sentenced to two years in prison in a 2003 human trafficking case. Pronouncing the judgment, Patiala Additional Sessions judge HS Grewal ordered the immediate arrest of Daler Mehndi. As soon as the sentencing was announced, Daler Mehndi was taken into custody by the Punjab Police.

Daler Mehndi's application for release on probation has also been dismissed by the court, Advocate Gurmeet Singh, the complainant's lawyer, said.

Daler Mehndi is accused of taking people abroad by showing them as troupe members in 2003.

In the complaint, Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher Singh have been accused of allegedly taking money to illegally send people abroad, concealing them as the "troupe" members.

Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh were charged under IPC's sections for human trafficking and conspiracy besides the Indian Passport Act.

Both Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh got two-year jail terms in 2018. They were, however, released on bail and filed appeals.

The case against Daler Mehndi was registered at the Patiala Sadar police station. The case alleged that Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh took two troupes to the US in 1998 and 1999.

During this time, 10 people were shown as group members to help them travel to the United States but were "dropped off" illegally.

As per the reports, 35 complaints came up against Daler Mehndi and his brother after a man named, Bakshish Singh, registered a case against the two brothers.

The complainants had alleged that the brothers had taken "passage money" from them to help them migrate to the United States illegally but failed to do so.

The complainant had also alleged that the singer had taken money for taking him to Canada.

 

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