Lucknow: The FIR lodged against Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, who had attended parties after returning from London and tested positive for coronavirus, has several discrepancies, which point to negligence of health officials.
The FIR, a copy of which has been accessed by ThePrint, wrongly says Kapoor arrived in Lucknow on 14 March.
The ‘Baby doll’ fame singer had arrived in the Uttar Pradesh capital on 11 March.
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The FIR, lodged at Sarojini Nagar police station, also wrongly mentioned that Kapoor tested positive for COVID-19 at the Lucknow airport.
Airport authorities said there is no direct flight between Lucknow and London.
“As per information available with us, passenger (Kanika Kapoor) has travelled from London to Mumbai by Air India flight AI130 on 10 March. There is no direct flight from London to Lucknow. It is expected that as per GOI (government of India) orders, screening would have been done in Mumbai. So no comment from Lucknow Airport on this,” said a statement issued by Lucknow airport Friday.
Kapoor was booked for negligence and disobedience to the order issued by a public servant on the complaint of Lucknow Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Narendra Agarwal.
Talking to ThePrint, Agarwal said there was some “confusion” regarding the information he received. He said he has asked police to update the FIR with correct inputs.
Deputy Commissioner (central), Lucknow, D.K. Singh, said, “Whatever information the CMO has given to us, we have taken it. We are not responsible for such contradictions.”
FIR has ‘baseless’ allegations
After returning from London, Kapoor had attended parties, and many officials and politicians attended them.
Among the politicians who attended one of the parties were BJP’s Lok Sabha MP from Rajasthan Dushyant Singh, who went to Parliament Thursday, and former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Singh’s mother.
After Kapoor tested positive, Singh and Raje have gone into self-isolation. On Saturday, both of them tested negative for COVID-19.
Although Kapoor was criticised on social media for her “careless” behaviour, her friends have raised the issue of discrepancies in the FIR.
One of her family friends, who attended a party with Kapoor on 14 March, told ThePrint, the singer had no symptoms until 14 March, but the FIR stated she tested positive for COVID-19 at the airport.
“This is baseless. I have been in quarantine. We are under surveillance. We are ready for all the tests and supporting the authorities,” added the friend, who didn’t want to be named.
The issue of discrepancies in the FIR were also raised on social media.
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Following the controversy over the FIR, Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujeet Pandey issued a statement Saturday, stating the report by the CMO against Kapoor “inadvertently” mentions her date of arrival as 14 March.
“It is actually 11 March. The police, during investigation, will correct this factual part,” according to the statement.
Kapoor attended 3-4 parties in 3 days & visited Kanpur
According to the singer’s father Rajiv Kapoor, she had attended 3-4 parties between 13-15 March. Nearly 300 people have attended these parties.
ThePrint has learnt that on 13 and 14 March, two parties were organised by the nephew of former MP Akbar Ahmad Dumpy and on 15 March, another party was hosted by Congress leader Jitin Prasad’s father-in law Adesh Seth.
In one of the three days, a Holi party was hosted by UP’s Lokayukta, Justice (retd) Sanjay Mishra.
Kapoor had attended all these parties.
State officials also said she travelled to a relative’s place in Kanpur on 13 March.
Jitin Prasada, who had attended the 15 March party with the singer, told ThePrint, he has quarantined himself at his ancestral house in Shahjahanpur. He had attended the party with his family.
District Magistrate Lucknow Abhishek Prakash has ordered for closure of Taj Mahal hotel in the state capital until further order because the singer had attended a party organised at the hotel.