"He was presented before a court and sent to five days of police remand."
An Indian music producer has been arrested in an alleged Rs. 25 Lakh (£24,000) fraud case.
Beant Singh Aujla, known professionally as Preet Aujla, allegedly defrauded a local of Yamunanagar, Haryana.
It was alleged that he managed to do this on the pretence of getting him a role in a Punjabi song and sending him abroad.
Aujla, of Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab, runs Maha Music and Films Production House in the city of Mohali.
The producer was arrested from his production house, where several songs have been recorded and shot, by two police officers.
Currently living in Kharar, Punjab, Aujla has previously been booked after several fraud cases in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Lead officer in the case, Mehroof Ali, said:
“In this case, Atul, a resident of Sarojini Colony, had complained with us in April that Aujla took money from him and didn’t provide the services.
“He was also intimidated when he had asked about the money.
“He was presented before a court and sent to five days of police remand.”
Songs produced by Maha Music include the 2015 song ‘Killer Eyes’ by Kaur B, ‘Sutan Walia’ by Jatinder Sohal and ‘Thah Karke’ by Harjas featuring Bunty Singh.
However, the most popular upload on the company’s YouTube channel is the music video for ‘Saada Time’ by Dhira Gill which has over three million views.
The Punjabi music industry is the second most successful in India after Hindi and has an estimated worth of Rs. 700 Crore (£68 million) as of 2020.
It is rapidly rising and expected to increase to at the pace of over 10% annually for the following 20 years, with a number of artists commenting on its popularity.
Nav Raj Hans said: “The Punjabi music industry has grown decently because a lot of artists have done commendable work on the big screen as well.
“Our artists are seen performing a lot of gigs and live shows all over the world.
“The language has also resonated with multiple audiences, therefore, making the growth even more immense.”
Singer-songwriter Maninder Buttar added:
“The reason is diversity and a positive approach.”
“Everyone wants to offer variety and that makes it a vast and most regional industry.
“I feel lucky that we entered this field when the Punjabi industry gained a boost.
“Now it’s on us how you utilise this advantage and bring out the best in our songs.
“I see it growing in terms of different compositions, different flavours in music and a lot of young singers are coming in with immense talent.”
Neither Preet Aujla nor Maha Music and Films Production House have yet commented on the arrest.