Punjabi rapper Honey Singh in his submission to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Wednesday again denied singing the obscene song `Main Hun Balatkari’ and added that he was a victim of mistaken identity.
The singer, who was asked to appear before it by the court in its May 14 order, filed a written submission to answer the petition against him by the NGO called HELP for promoting obscenity in public life.
“I strongly condemn the lyrics of the song Main Hun Balatkari,’’ Honey Singh said, adding that the song has been on YouTube since 2008.
He said he know nothing about the person who sang this song. “Some mischievous person has impersonated me,’’ he said, adding that “who has sung this very song and uploaded it on the Internet portal should be prosecuted for the wrong done by him, and in this regard, the responsibility of the Internet portal should also be fixed.’’
Honey Singh said he drew attention of YouTube to it by filing complaints with them as early as May and August last year, but YouTube is “reluctant to solve the problem.’’
The singer said the FIR against him amounted to harassment as he has not sung the dirty song
As demanded by the NGO in its petition, Honey Singh said he too favoured the setting up a censor board for songs.
“I favour the setting up of a censor board for screening songs before these are sung in public.’’
“Why has the Punjab Government not taken cognisance of Main Hoon Balatkari (I am a rapist) song by Honey Singh even though it attracts the provisions of Section 294, IPC, which is a cognisable offence?” the bench had asked.
The bench had also made the state of Haryana and the Chandigarh administration respondents in the case.
“Honey Singh’s song available on the YouTube indicates that it was sung at a concert in Gurgaon. Thus, it cannot be said that no action can be taken against its singer,’’ the bench had said.
In its petition against Honey Singh, the NGO had said that his song `Main Hoon Balatkari’ has passed limits of obscenity and posed a threat to women’s decency. The NGO demanded action against the rapper under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code that bans vulgarity in public places. It also blamed the Punjab government for not doing anything to curb growing vulgarity in songs.