The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday directed Central Forensic Science Laboratory(CFSL), Hyderabad to examine compact discs in which rapper Honey Singh’s allegedly sung vulgar songs, including “Main Hoon Balatkari’ (I am a rapist), were recorded so as to file a report withing six weeks.
The court headed by justice Amol Rattan Singh also directed that if CFSL requires Honey Singh’s voice sample should also be taken in presence of the complainant Parvinder Singh Kittna of Nawanshahr.
However, in a significant step, the court issued notices to union information and broadcasting ministry as well as Information and Technology ministry directing them to inform about the ways and means being employed/to be employed by government authorities for preventing misuse of YouTube and other social networking sites by unscrupulous elements. The court observed that there had been a number of cases where anti-social elements had been uploading vulgar /obscene songs/photographs on social networking sites.
The court also issued directions for staying further proceedings in the FIR registered against Honey Singh on May 15 till next date of hearing on November 15. The directions came during the resumed hearing of a petition by the rap artiste, seeking quashing of the first-information report (FIR) lodged against him at Nawanshahr police station.
The complaint by non-government organisation (NGO) Human Empowerment League of Punjab (HELP) was registered under Sections 294 (obscene acts and songs to the annoyance of others in public place) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on May 15.
During the hearing of the case on Thursday, CFSL Chandigarh submitted that it was not possible to identify the voice of the person in three CDs due to lack of sufficient characteristic speech samples for comparison.