Daler Mehndi Punjabi pop singer was on Friday convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in Patiala.
Daler, who was sentenced to two years in jail, was granted bail by the court shortly after.
The singer said “I have been granted bail. We will appeal in higher court,”
Daler and Shamsher Singh his brother, had been accused of illegally sending people abroad disguised as members of his troupe by charging hefty “passage money”.
Mehndi brothers were also alleged that they have taken two troupes in 1998 and 1999 during which 10 people were taken to the US as group members and were ‘dropped off ‘ illegally.
Bakshish Singh filed a complaint against Daler and Shamsher, Soon after the Patiala Police registered a case, more complaints of fraud came up levelling charges against the two brothers.
Patiala Police had even raided the offices of Daler Mehndi at Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents, also on the case file of those who had paid the alleged “passage money” to Mehndi brothers.
Patiala Police in 2006 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”