The Mumbai police’s annual event, Umang, has run into controversy, after playback singer Ankit Tiwari, who was earlier arrested in connection with a rape case, performed at the event.
The event was attended by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other senior IPS officers, including police commissioner Rakesh Maria.
Tiwari had sung a few songs at the event at the Andheri Sports Complex on Saturday night. Sources said the police were likely to initiate efforts to get clarity on why the background of the performers was not thoroughly checked before being invited to an event attended by the chief minister, senior officers, dignitaries and thousands of spectators.
Tiwari was arrested on charges of rape and threatening on the complaint of his girlfriend on May 8 last year. His girlfriend had accused him of deceiving her and allegedly raping her by promising to marry her.
Tiwari’s brother was also arrested in the case as he had allegedly threatened the woman. Both brothers were later released on bail.
Senior police officers refused to comment on the issue. Tiwari’s lawyer Nagesh Mishra said the singer had filed a writ petition in the Bombay high court for the quashing of the FIR against him. Police have not filed a charge sheet in the case. Hence, the singer can perform at public events.