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Fight against Daler Mehndi proved very costly: Complainant

Complainant says it ‘took 15 prime years of my youth, and half of my family wealth’ to fight the human trafficking case against Daler Mehndi.

punjab Updated: Mar 17, 2018 09:36 IST
Vishal Rambani
Vishal Rambani
Hindustan Times, Patiala
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“Everyone knows that Mehndi is influential. He threatened me and tried to win over me, but I refused to withdraw the case,” complainant Bakshish Singh said. (HT File )

“Filing a case against Daler Mehndi proved very costly to me. It took 15 years of my prime age. The accused duped me of Rs 12 lakh and I have spent nearly Rs 30 lakh from my pocket to pursue the case. It took almost half of my family wealth,” said Bakshish Singh (38), a resident of Balbera village, who had filed the complaint against pop singer Daler Mehndi and others.

Though the court has awarded two years of imprisonment to Mehndi, Bakshish is dissatisfied.

He said, “Everyone knows that Mehndi is influential. He threatened me and tried to win over me, but I refused to withdraw the case.”

He added, “It took 15 years to prove that I was a victim of Mehndi, who cheated several other youths and made several crores of rupees.”

Bakshish said that he will now pursue the case against Mehndi’s wife Daljit Kaur, against whom proceedings have been stayed by the Punjab and Haryana high court.

Bakshish said that Mehndi was the biggest brand in singing industry when he lodged the complaint. “Police was not listening to me, and I had to approach higher officials, who lodged the FIR, after finding that I had enough evidence. However, Mehndi manipulated the things again in 2005 and police declared him innocent.”

He said, “I had to hire private lawyers and spend a lot of money to fight the case. But at last, the truth emerged as victorious.”

He said that it was his family, who supported him to fight the case.

He added that Mehndi dashed his hopes to settle in Canada. “He took Rs 12 lakh from me and didn’t even return my passport. When I complained he threatened of dire consequences and Shamsher (Mehndi’s brother) said that he will kill me. However, I refused to budge and pursued the case.”

Bakshish said that he will now pursue the case against Mehndi’s wife Daljit Kaur, against whom proceedings have been stayed by the Punjab and Haryana high court. “I will also file an appeal for harsher punishment to Mehndi,” he added.

First Published: Mar 17, 2018 09:35 IST