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FIR unlikely against Honey in Punjab as cops in fix

Jatinder Kohli Jatinder Kohli , Hindustan Times  Nawashahr, January 12, 2013
First Published: 16:59 IST(12/1/2013) | Last Updated: 18:52 IST(12/1/2013)

It will be difficult to register an FIR against Honey Singh in Nawanshahr, Punjab, because a similar complaint about one of his songs is filed in Gomtinagar police station of Lucknow.

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The law doesn’t permit first-information reports (FIR) at different places for the same offence. Honey’s number is thought to be vulgar, and HELP, a non-government organisation (NGO) here, had objected to its public release.

Even after the district attorney (legal) has sent back the complaint file on Honey Singh to the police with his opinion on January 1, the Nawanshahr police continue to be caught between registering and not registering a case against the Punjabi rap artiste.

On November 2, the Nawanshahr police had sent the file to the district attorney (legal) Dharam Pal to seek his legal opinion. “I have returned the file to senior superintendent of police (SSP) Dhanpreet Kaur, and now she has to decide,” said Pal. He did not disclose his opinion but accepted that he had read the FIR lodged at Gomtinagar on December 31.

The FIR was about the very song that the Nawanshahr NGO had objected to, the district attorney (legal) confirmed. “The SSP isn’t bound to accept my advice,” he said. “An investigation is on in Lucknow. The matter is with their police,” said SSP Dhanpreet Kaur on telelphone.

Approached at her house on Saturday, she told her security officials to pass on the message that she was busy. The attempts to reach inspector general of police (Patiala range) Paramjit Singh Gill on his mobile phone number failed.

“HELP has submitted sufficient copies of the Supreme Court directions on the matter of vulgarity to the police but I don’t know why they aren’t registering a case against Honey Singh,” said Parwinder Singh Kittna, general secretary of the Nawanshahr NGO. “We have moved a legal notice to the government, in which we have asked it to make a strong policy to control dirty music.”

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