Celebrated Singer Daler Mehndi was sentenced to two years in prison after he was convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case, but was later granted a bail with a fine of Rs 10,000.
Now, his two-year jail term in the case has now been suspended by Patiala court on Friday evening.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Rajeev Kalra suspended the sentence on an appeal filed by the singer against the March 16 judgment of Judicial Magistrate Class I, wherein he had convicted the singer in a 2003 human trafficking case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.
Daler and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty “passage money.”[ecp code=”4″]
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.
Patiala Police had even raided the offices of Daler Mehndi at Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents, including the case file of those who had paid the alleged “passage money” to Mehndi brothers.
In 2006, Patiala Police filed two discharge petitions stating Daler Mehndi to be innocent, but the court had upheld that the singer be prosecuted as there was “sufficient evidence against him on the judicial file and scope for further investigation”.