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Indian pop singer convicted in immigration racket, gets bail

An Indian court convicted an Indian pop singer Daler Mehndi and sentenced him to two years imprisonment in an illegal immigration racket, dating back to 2003 in Patiala city of northern Punjab state. The 50-year-old singer was taken into custody by the Punjab Police as soon as the verdict was out and was also granted bail within minutes of his detention.

Mehndi and his elder brother, Shamsher Singh, were accused of illegally sending people out of the country by using them as members of their musical performance troupe. Later, one of the clients of Mehndi, Bakshish Singh, and several others alleged that the accused had taken millions from them, but failed to take them abroad and didn’t return their money either, said complainant’s lawyer, Amandeep Singh.

In the matter, Patiala police had earlier booked Mehndi and Singh (who died in 2017) after complainants filed a report stating fraud charges against the duo. In 2003, Indian police had raided several offices and residence belonging to Daler Mehndi and his brother after which the officials claimed they had found ‘foolproof’ evidence against the singer.

While Mehndi is less active now, he had an enormous fan following in the decade following 1990 and gave out huge chartbusters like “Tunak Tunak Tun”, “Bolo Tara ra ra ra”, among others and often used to go to countries like Canada, UK, and the USA for concerts.

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