Court pulls up singer Honey Singh over non-appearance

A local court in Delhi said that “no one is above the law” after the singer Yo Yo Honey Singh failed to appear before it in connection with the domestic abuse case filed against him by his wife Shalini Talwar. The court also directed Yo Yo Honey Singh to appear before it on the next date of hearing on September 3.

His counsel cited health related issues as the reason for his absence. This is the second time that the singer has missed court hearing. “No one is above the law. Surprised to see how this case is being taken so lightly,” metropolitan magistrate Tania Singh said, according to news agency PTI. “Honey Singh has not appeared. You have not filed his income affidavit and are not prepared with the arguments,” the court told the singer’s lawyer. Earlier, Honey Singh had issued a statement on social media about the domestic violence case. Refuting all the allegations, he called the charges ‘false and malicious’. A part of it read, “I have never issued a public statement or press note in the past despite being subjected to harsh criticism for my lyrics, speculation on my health, & negative media coverage in general. However, I see no merit in maintaining a studied silence this time because some of the allegations have been directed at my family my old parents and younger sister who have stood by me during some very difficult and trying times and comprise my world. The allegations are cynical and defaming in nature (sic).”

Shalini Talwar, the wife of rapper and music composer Hirdesh Singh, popularly known as Yo Yo Honey Singh, filed a case of domestic violence against him at the Tis Hazari court on August 3. Talwar also sought ₹10 crore compensation under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, saying she felt like a “farm animal…being treated cruelly”.