Patiala court suspends Daler Mehndi’s jail term

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Chandigarh, March 30 (IANS) A Patiala sessions court on Friday suspended the two-year jail sentence awarded by a trial court to famous Bhangra-pop singer Daler Mehndi after his conviction in a human trafficking case.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Rajeev Kalra suspended the sentence on an appeal filed by the singer against the March 16 judgment of Judicial Magistrate Class I, wherein he had convicted the singer in a 2003 human trafficking case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code.

Mehndi was sentenced to two years in jail but was later granted bail by the trial court.

Police had registered a case against Mehndi, his brother Shamsher Singh — who died in October last — and two others on the charge that they took money from people on the pretext of taking them abroad.

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Complainant Bakhshish Singh alleged that the accused failed to fulfil the promise and also failed to return the money.

Daler was arrested in October 2003 along with Shamsher after the complainant said he was duped of a huge sum of money by the two, who had promised to take him abroad as part of their musical group and to leave him in some western country to settle there.

–IANS

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