Commissioner of police (Mumbai) Rakesh Maria on Monday admitted that it had been a mistake to call singer and rape accused Ankit Tiwari to perform at Umang, a police welfare programme held on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters, he said senior officers had told the event management company organising the event that they did not want any controversial figures performing at the event, as it involved the city’s police force.
“It was a mistake inadvertently committed,” he said. He added they are looking into the matter and may ask the event management company to explain.
Maria said all senior police officers realised that a mistake had been made as soon as Tiwari came on stage to sing. Senior officers said Tiwari was asked to leave after performing for a short while. According to sources, Tiwari only sang a few songs at the event, which was held at the Andheri Sports Complex. The programme was attended by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Tiwari was booked and arrested on rape charges on May 8 last year after a woman lodged a complaint against him. The woman had accused him of deceiving her and raping her after promising to marry her. Tiwari’s brother was also arrested in the case, on charges of threatening the woman. Both brothers were later released on bail. Tiwari’s lawyer has also filed an application at Bombay high court for the FIR to be quashed.
Meanwhile, Maria refuted media reports that claimed the programme was wrapped up at 12.20am, 20 minutes past the deadline. He said the programme concluded at 11.55pm, and all rules were followed. He added many senior and well-known artistes were waiting in the wings to perform, but could not do so as he was particular about ending the programme before midnight.
* Ankit Tiwari in contempt of court: Versova police
The Versova police on Monday prepared a report claiming that Ankit Tiwari had breached the conditions on the basis of which he was granted permission by the court to go abroad. Tiwari was scheduled to fly to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to perform at an award ceremony between January 8 and January 10.
The court, while granting Tiwari permission to go abroad, had ordered the police to give him his passport for the duration of the trip abroad. The court had also directed that the passport be resubmitted to the police by the singer, after he returned to the city. The court had also asked the singer to furnish a schedule pertaining to his activities outside India to the investigating officer, in advance.
The police report, a copy of which is with HT, says the singer was in contempt of court, as he had not furnished the details. They claimed he also failed to submit his passport to the police after returning to India.