Punjabi singer Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher Singh has been sentenced two years imprisonment in a 15-years old human trafficking case. The duo was taken into custody on 16th of March this year. However. After few minutes of a court hearing, they were granted bail by the Patiala court.
He is a renowned Punjabi pop singer. Born in Patna, Bihar, the singer is known for introducing a new genre called Rabbabi which combines Thumri, Sufi and pop culture. He is famous for his distinctive voice and attire. Daler Mehndi’s most infamous hits include Tunak Tunak Tun”, “Bolo Ta Ra Ra” and “Saade Naal Rahoge Toh…”. Mika Singh, another Punjabi pop singer is a younger brother of Daler Mehndi. Daler Mehndi has given his voice in many blockbuster Bollywood movies including Singh is King, Magadheera, Bahubali, Khatta Meetha among several others.
He has founded Daler Mehndi Food for Life society in New Delhi which aims at providing food to the unprivileged ones. He is the only Indian artist who has been invited as state guest to Pakistan by its President. The singer has been credited with spreading Punjabi pop culture around the globe with his hit song Tunak Tunak Tun still making rounds in favorite playlists all around the world.
2003 Human trafficking case
Singer Daler Mehndi, along with his brother Shamsher, has been accused of sending people abroad illegally during his shows and concerts. The accusations involve dropping off ten persons in 1999 to the US, three girls to San Francisco and three boys to New Jersey while on his trip to the US.
Reportedly, around 35 complaints have been lodged against the Mehndi brothers. A case was registered in 2003. The complaints included the brothers taking money from villagers to send them the US illegally but failing to do so. The Patiala police raided their houses and got few documents after which the brothers were arrested.
After getting sentenced two-year imprisonment for his involvement in human trafficking, Daler Mehndi has been granted bail by the Patiala court.