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Papon controversy: Maharashtra government directs Mumbai police to investigate matter
Posted on: 24-02-2018 , 12:37:PM | DY365 Bureau


February 24, 2018: Amid the ongoing controversy that Singer Angarag Mahanta aka Papon has found himself in, reports of Maharashtra government taking the matter into their hands has surfaced.


Reportedly, Minister of State Women and Child Welfare Vidya Thakur on Saturday directed the Mumbai police to investigate the matter i.e. the alleged involvement of Papon in "inappropriately kissing" a minor.
The Maharashtra government took cognizance of the Papon issue, where Thakur has talked to Mumbai's Commissioner of Police (CP) about the incident, directing him to investigate the incident.
As per reports, State Women's Body Chief Vijaya Rahatkar confirmed that Thakur has talked to Mumbai CP, adding that Maharashtra Women Commission will take action on the same soon. 
It may be stated that a complaint was filed against Papon by a Supreme Court lawyer namely Runa Bhuyan  under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO)  for "inappropriately kissing” a minor girl who is a participant of the reality show "Voice of India Kids 2018", which Papon is judging. The entire act was caught on camera and the video was available on the singer’s Facebook timeline.
In the video Papon could be seen applying colors on the minor girl and inappropriately kissing her. Reportedly, the incident took place during the shoot of a Holi celebration on the sets of the reality show.
The video which went viral triggered sensation nationwide.
Further, reports have surfaced that top brass of &TV (the channel that airs the show) had a three-hour meeting to decide the singer's fate as a judge on the show. Reportedly, the singer will be missing from the shoot of the show's next episode, scheduled for early next week. A source close to Papon revealed, "Only two episodes of the season are left to be shot. Papon will be skipping the shoot slated for Tuesday and Wednesday. They are supposed to film the season finale over the two days. Even if he hasn't been fired, in light of the incident, he'd want to excuse himself from the show."

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