Bollywood and pop singer Daler Mehndi found convicted in a human trafficking case by a Patiala court in Punjab and sentenced to two years in jail today. The Punjab Police had taken the singer into custody but soon after his conviction, he granted bail.
In the year 2003, a case was filed against him and his brother Shamsher and some of his associates by the Patiala police following a complaint filed by Bakshish Singh of Balbehra village in Punjab. The complainant accused Mehndi brothers for duping lakhs of rupees from him by making a false promise of sending him abroad as a member of the troupe of Daler Mehndi. The case grabbed headlines and known as Kabutarbaazi case in Punjab.
The Punjabi pop singer was arrested after the case was registered but was released on bail after a few days. The complainant Shamsher died in October 2017 after suffering from jaundice. Shamsher was a part of brother Daler Mehndi’s troupe and performed at several stage shows. After his move of complaining against Mehendi brothers, several others had also come forward with similar complaints against the two brothers.