Singer Daler Mehndi was sentenced to two years in jail after he was convicted by a court in Patiala in a 2003 illegal immigration case. He was taken into custody by the Punjab Police.
But minutes after he was sentenced, the Punjabi pop singer was granted bail. Daler Mehndi, 50, and his brother, Shamsher Singh, had been accused of illegally sending people abroad masquerading as members of his troupe by charging hefty ‘passage money’.
The duo had allegedly taken two troupes in 1998 and 1999, during which 10 persons were taken to the US as group members and were ‘dropped off’ illegally. Also, Daler Mehndi, on a trip to the US with an actress, had allegedly ‘dropped off’ three girls at San Francisco. The brothers took another troupe to the US in October 1999 along with some actors, during which three boys were ‘dropped off’ at New Jersey.
Soon after the Patiala Police registered a case against Daler Mehndi and Shamsher Singh, 35 more complaints fraud against the two brothers came up. The complainants alleged that the brothers had taken ‘passage money’ from them to help them migrate to the US ‘illegally’, but had failed to do so. The Patiala Police raided Daler Mehndi’s offices in New Delhi and seized documents, including files showing details of the alleged ‘passage money’.
Between the late ’90s and early ’2000s, Daler Mehndi was famous for his numbers Tunak Tunak tun, Bolo to ra ra and Saade naal rahoge toh!