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Daler Mehndi granted bail


Chandigarh, Dec 30 (IANS) Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi, allegedly involved in a human trafficking racket, was granted bail Tuesday after police did not oppose the plea.

Duty magistrate Satpal (one name) ruled in Patiala, 70 km from here, that Mehndi be released on a personal bond of Rs.50,000 and two sureties.

This was after police said his remand, which they had obtained on December 21, was "not required".

Mehndi could submit the sureties by January 6, the magistrate said.

Daler, his brother Shamsher Singh Mehndi, their wives Ranjit Kaur and Baljit Kaur have been charged with running an immigration racket and duping people in Punjab and Haryana of millions of rupees.

Some 20 cases were registered against them in Patiala, where the complaints were made.

Daler, who had been on the run since the scandal broke in October, was arrested by Delhi Police on December 19 and handed over to Punjab Police the next day.

He was produced in a court in Patiala on December 21 and remanded in police custody.

Shamsher was arrested in Patiala on October 5, following a complaint by a man named Bakhshish Singh, and is still in judicial custody.

After Shamsher's arrest, large numbers of people from various parts of Punjab and Haryana poured in to Patiala and lodged more complaints against the Mehndi brothers.

Police said the racket has been going on since the beginning of this year and Shamsher had allegedly pocketed large amounts of money in the process.

The singer had approached the Supreme Court for bail after the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected his plea. The apex court turned down the appeal earlier this month and directed him to cooperate with the police.


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