Singer Kanika Kapoor (Photo Credit: Instagram)
The Uttar Pradesh has police has registered an FIR against singer Kanika Kapoor, who has been tested positive for deadly coronavirus, for concealing facts and putting the public in danger. The development comes after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked officials to lodge an FIR against the Bollywood singer. The government has also asked the Lucknow administration to identify the parties attended by Kapoor.
"A probe has been ordered to ascertain all parties attended by Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor. District Magistrate Lucknow has been asked to probe and submit a report within 24 hours," Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi said.
"Directives have also been issued to identify those who attend the party," an official release issued here said.
Meanwhile, Kapoor on Friday announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19, setting off a chain reaction with political leaders like Vasundhara Raje, her MP son Dushyant Singh and parliamentarians Derek O'Brien and Anupriya Patel, who came in contact with her directly or indirectly, going into self-quarantine as a precautionary measure.
While Raje and her son had recently attended a dinner party in Lucknow where Kanika was also a guest, O'Brien said he sat beside Singh at a Parliament meeting on Wednesday for two hours.
Patel, a leader of Apna Dal, said she was present at an event on Thursday which was also attended by Singh.
District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash ordered closure of Taj Mahal hotel in Lucknow till further orders. Though the official order gave no reason, sources said Kanika had attended a party at the hotel.
According to Kanika's father Rajiv Kapoor, she attended a few parties between March 13 and 15. Nearly 300 people attended these parties.
The "Baby Doll" singer, who became the first Bollywood celebrity to test positive for coronavirus, landed in Lucknow from the United Kingdom and was admitted to a city hospital after she showed signs of flu, reports said.