Nagpur: The court of additional sessions judge M Salman Azmi has ordered controversial pop singer Yo Yo Honey Singh and his associate Badshah to remain present before the court on January 29. The hearing on the pre arrest bail to both the accused will also be held on the same day, it was learnt.
The government pleader had made an application to the effect that as both Honey Singh and Badshah are not co-operating in the probe against them they should be asked to remain present personally before the court. Opposing this plea, the defence counsel of the accused Honey Singh had submitted that the presence of the accused is not required. Both the sides made strong pleadings before the court after which the court ordered the presence of both the accused in the court.
It may be noted that Honey Singh and Badshah were granted pre arrest bail on December 24 and January 1. Later, on the orders of the court, Honey Singh had visited Pachpaoli police station to give his statement to the police on January 10. Badshah has gone to Dubai, albeit with the permission of the court.
Earlier, on the basis of complaint lodged by a resident Anandpal Singh Jabbal, Pachpaoli police had registered offences under sections 292, 293 of the Indian Penal Code and sections 67, 67-A of the Information Technology Act against the Punjabi rap singer.
Honey Singh has been in the controversy for singing vulgar songs. According to Jabbal, the songs rendered by Honey Singh are not in good taste and are spoiling the youth of the country. The Pachpaoli police have been on the look out for Honey Singh after the registration of complaint, but with no results. A police team had gone to Mumbai and Delhi but could not trace him.
The petitioner Anandpal Singh Jabbal had earlier requested the court it should not give a pre arrest bail to Honey Singh. It may be noted that senior police inspector of Pachpaoli police had interrogated Honey Singh for almost an hour.