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Anu Malik To Step Down As Indian Idol Judge After National Commission For Women Sends Notice To Channel: Reports

Singing Reality Show, Indian Idol Judge Anu Malik And Who Received Immense Backlash After Being Reinstated At The Show Reportedly Has Quit The Show Again This Year By The Channel Heads

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shriparna Saha | Updated on: 22 Nov 2019, 11:06:59 AM
Anu Malik To Step Down As Indian Idol Judge: Reports

New Delhi:

Indian Idol judge Anu Malik who received immense backlash after being reinstated at the singing competition show reportedly has quit the show again this year though the channel heads a few days ago took to social media to claim that the charges against him are "false and unverified''. 

Although the singer has not made any formal declaration, a source close to the channel confirmed to IANS that Malik "is stepping down as a judge from Indian Idol".

The channel that airs the show was sent a notice by the National Commission of Women. The commission also shared the notice on their official Twitter handle. They captioned it, "@NCWIndia has taken Suo-motu cognizance of this matter and send a notice to Sony Entertainment Television @sharmarekha @MinistryWCD @PMOIndia."

The commission mentioning singer Sona Mohapatra's tweet asked the channel to clarify what action was taken on the same. It reads, "The National Commission for Women has come across a Twitter post of Ms Sona Mohapatra wherein it has been alleged that Sony TV has ignored the testimonies of multiple women against a person regarding sexual harassment and assault has further been made a judge for youngsters on national television."


The notice was addressed to Rohit Gupta, president, Sony Entertainment Television.

Singer Sona Mohapatra who has always protested against Anu Malik wrote an open letter to Smriti Irani, Union Women and Child Development Minister pointing out that many women are reaching out to her to take up their case after which the government said that it has begun listing all sex offenders in a digital database. In her letter, she mentioned how Sony TV ignored testimonies of multiple women against Anu Malik, and reinstated him as a judge on Indian Idol 11.


A few days ago, Anu took to social media and claimed "false and unverified allegations" were being levelled against him. He said that he was "in pain" and "in a dark space", demanding justice.


Anu Malik's name got entangled at the MeToo movement last year after female singers including Shweta Pandit and Sona Mohapatra accused him of sexual misconduct and since then the film industry has taken a serious cognizance of this. Apart from removing him from Indian Idol he was also reportedly barred from entering the premises of Yash Raj Studio.

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First Published : 21 Nov 2019, 08:02:19 PM

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