Tuesday, May 14, 2013

HC raps Punjab govt for inaction against Honey Singh for "Main hoon Balatkari " song

Punjab government on Tuesday received rap on its knuckles from the Punjab and Haryana high court for not taking any action against Punjabi rapper Honey Singh, who is in storm of controversy for singing lewd song.

"Why the Punjab government has not taken cognizance of "Main hoon Balatkari "song sung by Honey Singh, even though it attracts the provisions of Section 294 IPC, which is a cognizable offence?" "If you go through the article published in The Times of India, compiling such lewd songs, which has been attached with the petition, your head will hang with shame." remarked the acting chief justice, Jasbir Singh with utmost anguish and pain.

"We are sure, you would not be able to go through the complete song "Main hoon Balatkari", a visibly annoyed Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain told the Punjab government counsel.

Taking up the case on Tuesday, division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, also directed the Punjab government to take appropriate action against the singer for the vulgar song.

Meanwhile, singer Honey Singh, who was directed by the HC on April 25 to appear before it, could not appear before the court on account of non-completion of summoning process.

The HC thereupon directed that fresh summons shall be served on him through ordinary post, registered post as well as through e-mail to ensure his presence before the HC on July 4.

During the hearing of the case, HC also observed "song of Honey Singh, available on youtube, indicates that it was sung at a concert in Gurgaon. Thus, it cannot be said that no action can be taken against its singer as it could possibly be uploaded on youtube from any where in the world."

Thereafter, bench ordered to implead the Haryana government as well as UT administration as respondents in this case asking them to take action in accordance with law on the issue of vulgar songs.

The matter had reached before the HC through a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO called HELP of Nawanshar in Punjab seeking directions to set up some effective mechanism for curbing the menace of obscene/vulgar/lewd songs from the state of Punjab. PIL filed through advocate H C Arora had submitted that all limits of decency are being violated by such songs. Arora referred to provisions of section 294 of Indian Penal code (IPC), according to which singing of lewd/ obscene songs at public places is an offence.

HC advice to youth

Turning towards a large number of young people who had gathered inside the court room on Tuesday, the bench gave them also a bit of advice - "These young men have come to the HC for seeing Honey Singh. They should rather boycott such singers who sing lewd and obscene songs. These young men should realize that our culture is being spoiled by such vulgar songs."

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