A city court on Friday convicted Punjabi pop sensation Daler Mehndi on charges of running an illegal immigration racket in a 15-year-old case.
Arrested, the music icon was bailed out within minutes from a two-year-jail term.
Daler Mehndi, on a trip to the US in the company of Karisma Kapoor and her mother Babita, in 2003, had allegedly dropped off three girls at San Francisco.
The girls had been identified as Priya, Meenu Behn and Nimu, all from Gujarat.
Daler Mehndi and his brother Shamsher took another troupe to the US in October 1999 along with Juhi Chawla, Raveena Tandon and Javed Jaffri during which three boys were said to have been dropped off at New Jersey.
After Patiala police registered a case against Daler and Shamsher, on a complaint filed by one Bakshish Singh, 35 more plaints had levelled charges of fraud against the two brothers.
The complainants had alleged that the two brothers had taken passage money from them to help them migrate to the US illegally, but they had been cheated.
Patiala police had raided the offices of Daler Mehndi at upscale Connaught Place in New Delhi and seized documents, including the alleged file of those who had paid the Mehndi brothers