A Patiala Court suspended 2-Year jail term awarded to Indian Pop singer Daler Mehndi on March 30. His defense counsel challenged his conviction and appealed to the Court of Additional District and Sessions judge. According to the defense counsel Baljinder Singh Sodhi, they had filed the appeal before the appellant court on Wednesday and that was taken up for the hearing on Friday. The court had asked him to file a Bail bond of Rs. 50,000 while suspending his jail term. Earlier on March 16, the court of District Judicial Magistrate Nidhi Saini had convicted Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher in the 2003 human trafficking case. 30 minutes after the conviction, he was granted bail. Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher had been accused of illegally sending people as a part of their dance troupe and charging them hefty price as “passage money”. In 1998 and 1999, the two brothers took a trip to the US during which they “dropped off” 10 persons (including boys and girls) at San Francisco and New Jersey respectively. Soon after, complaints came up alleging that Daler and his brother had taken approximate 1 crore Rupees to help people migrate to the US ‘illegally’ but had failed to do so. Based on several complaints, a case was registered against the two in 2003 and Patiala police started searching for evidence. The police even raided Daler Mehndi’s Delhi office and seized documents. In 2006, Patiala police filed two discharge petitions stating Daler Mehndi to be innocent, but the court had upheld that the singer be prosecuted as there was “sufficient evidence against him on the judicial file and scope for further investigation”. Shamsher Singh had passed away in October, 2017. The court has fixed May 18 as the date of next hearing. Daler Mehndi has sung a huge number of popular Hindi and Punjabi songs like Bolo Ta Ra Ra Ra… Jiyo Re Bahubali…Dangal and many more.