The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday sought response from the central government on fictitious accounts on YouTube while hearing Punjabi rapper Honey Singh’s petition seeking quashing of an FIR against him for allegedly singing a vulgar song.
The response was sought during the resumed hearing of the petition wherein Singh had contended that somebody else had opened a fictitious account in his name on YouTube, and uploaded the vulgar song, which he had never sung.
Posting the matter to July 25, justice Hari Pal Verma told the central government’s information and technology ministry as well as information and broadcasting ministry to file an affidavit as to what steps were being taken to check fictitious accounts.
The Punjab government, meanwhile, submitted that report from Forensic Laboratory, Chandigarh, on voice samples of Singh was awaited.
Justice Verma observed that in the absence of a forensic report in Singh’s favour, the HC would not like to quash the FIR.
The FIR was registered by Nawan Shahr police against Hardesh Singh popularly known as Honey Singh during the pendency of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a man named Parvinder Singh Kittna on the allegations of singing a vulgar song in 2012.
However, Singh had denied having sung the song, and the then chief justice had disposed of the PIL giving liberty to Singh to take steps for getting the FIR quashed, whereupon he filed an instant petition for seeking quashing of the case.