Music producer arrested for £ 24,000 fraud
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 resident of Yamunanagar, Haryana.
It was alleged that he had succeeded in doing so under the pretext of getting her a part in a Punjabi song and sending her abroad.
Aujla, from Tarn Taran Sahib, Punjab, runs Maha Music and Films Production House in the town of Mohali.
The producer was arrested in his production house, where several songs were recorded and shot, by two police officers.
Currently living in Kharar, Punjab, Aujla has previously been booked after several cases of fraud in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The officer in charge of the case, Mehroof Ali, said:
“In this case, Atul, a resident of Sarojini settlement, complained to us in April that Aujla had taken money from him and failed to provide the services.
“He was also intimidated when he asked about the money.
“He was brought before a court and sent to five days in pre-trial detention. “
Songs produced by Maha Music include the 2015 song “Killer Eyes” by Kaur B, “Sutan Walia” by Jatinder Sohal and “Thah Karke” by Harjas with Bunty Singh.
However, the most popular upload to the company’s YouTube channel is Dhira Gill’s music video for “Saada Time” which has more than three million views.
The Punjabi music industry is the second most prosperous in India after Hindi and is estimated to be worth Rs. 700 crore (£ 68million) as of 2020.
It is growing rapidly and is expected to grow at a rate of over 10% per year over the next 20 years, with a number of artists commenting on its popularity.
Nav Raj Hans said: “The Punjabi music industry has seen decent growth because there are so many artists who have done commendable work on the big screen as well.
“Our artists are seen giving a lot of concerts and shows around the world.
“The language has also resonated with multiple audiences, 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 large and very regional industry.
“I feel lucky to have entered this field when the Punjabi industry took off again.
“Now it’s up to us how to use that advantage and bring out the best in our songs.
“I see him growing up in terms of different compositions, different flavors in the music and a lot of young singers come in with immense talent.”
Neither Preet Aujla nor Maha Music and Films Production House have yet commented on the arrest.