New Delhi: In a rather shocking turn of events, pop singer Daler Mehndi was on Friday convicted in a 2003 human trafficking case by a court in Patiala. He has been sentenced to two years in jail.However, the singer has been granted bail now.
Just a few hours before the news of Daler Mehndi's conviction spread like wildfire, the singer posted a motivational tweet, that clearly indicates that the singer had no clue about what was about to happen.Taking to Twitter, Mehendi wrote, "Take time to make your soul happy. #FridayFeeling #TGIF #DalerMehndi"
— Daler Mehndi (@dalermehndi) March 16, 2018
A case against Mehndi, his brother Shamsher and some of his associates, was registered by the Patiala police following a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh of Balbehra village in Punjab in 2003. The complainant had alleged that he had been duped by the Mehndi brothers who received lakhs of rupees from him on the pretext of sending him abroad as a member of the troupe of Daler Mehndi. The Punjabi pop singer was arrested after the case was registered but was released on bail after a few days.
Shamsher died in October 2017 after suffering from jaundice. Shamsher was a part of brother Daler Mehndi's troupe and performed at several stage shows. He was also a songwriter and record producer. After the case was registered, several others had also come forward with similar complaints against the two brothers.
Daler is known for creating a music genre called Rabbabi which is a fusion of Sufi, Thumri and Rock. His first Rabbabi rendition was 'Tunak Tunak Tun'. The song became the favourite dance anthem of the youth in the 1990s.