Singer Papon barred from Essel Group’s shows after kiss row


Mumbai: Singer Angarag Mahanta, also known as Papon, has been barred from Essel Group after the singer “inappropriately kissed” a minor contestant of one of the group’s shows.

Earlier on Saturday, Papon Said, he was in “no mental state to fulfil most of my professional obligations” and so he stepped down as the judge of singing reality show “The Voice India Kids”.

Addressing the issue, Subhash Chandra, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha and Chairman, Essel Group & ZEE, tweeted on Saturday: “I have advised CMD of the company to take stringent action not only against him (Papon) but others involved. Papon is barred forever from our group. His recorded episodes of the &TV show have also been removed.

Papon landed in trouble after a video in which he is seen planting a kiss on the lips of the minor girl went viral online on Friday. The same day, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) issued notice to both the singer and the channel.

Immediately after the incident was brought to their notice, an internal enquiry was initiated. After the enquiry, instant support was extended towards the participants and their families.

The police in Guwahati have registered a case against the Assamese singer.

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