Rajeev Kalra, additional district and sessions judge on Friday suspended the two-year jail term for the Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi in a human trafficking case, 2003. The suspension order means that he will not be jailed until any particular appeal is decided. The court also gave the next date of hearing that is 18th May.
After police arrested Mehndi, 35 more complaints were filed and every complaint allegedly said that the Mehndi brothers had promised to send them overseas illegally in return for money. Bakshish claimed that Mehndi took ₹12 lakh to sent him to Canada.
On March 16, Nidhi Saini has sentenced Mehndi two-year imprisonment after he was guilty under sections 420 (cheating) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy). In 2003, the Patiala police had booked Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher Mehndi, who died last year and two others on the basis of a complaint filed by Bakshish Singh, a resident of Balbera village.
The Patiala Police, then, raided Mehndi’s offices in Connaught Place, New Delhi and found documents related to the case.