GUWAHATI, February 25, 2018: After the kissing controversy that sparked off through a Facebook Live video, singer Angaraag Papon Mahanta has stepped down as judge of the reality TV show The Voice India Kids. In a statement issued on his Facebook page, Papon said that he is in no mental state to fulfill most of his professional obligations, and hence he has decided to step down as a judge on the show.
Earlier, Bollywood singer Papon was seen kissing a minor during a live video on his Facebook timeline. The incident happened during a pre-Holi celebration where Papon and few kids of the reality show were interacting with fans through a Facebook live video.
The video had sparked massive controversy nation-wide. Many Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to slam Papon. Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhayan filed a complaint against him and the Assam State Commission for Protection of Children Rights wrote a letter to the Commissioner of Police seeking for an inquiry into the incident.
Earlier, it had been reported that the singer will be missing the shoot of the show’s next episode, scheduled for early next week. A source close to Papon revealed, “Only two episodes of the season are left to be shot. Papon will be skipping the shoot slated for Tuesday and Wednesday. They are supposed to film the season finale over the two days. Even if he hasn’t been fired, in light of the incident, he’d want to excuse himself from the show.”
With things taking a turn for the worse, Papon on Saturday evening decided to end his association with the show.
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