After kiss debate, singer Papon steps down as ‘Voice Kids India’ judge

After the kiss controversy, singer Papon stepped down as the judge of ‘The Voice Kids India’. He was supposed to shoot two more episodes but the singer quit the show stating that he is not in the mental state to fulfill his professional duties as a judge.

The singer writes on Facebook: “Since I am in no mental state to fulfill most of my professional obligations, I have decided to step down as a judge on the show till the matter in which I have been falsely implicated is fully resolved and the investigations are over. I have full faith in the judicial system and eventually the truth will prevail. In the interim I would appreciate that my privacy is respected.”

Meanwhile, Assamese singer Zubeen Garg and the girl herself defended the singer.

The channel, which airs the show, also released a statement saying that Papon will not be shooting for any further episodes "till the issue is resolved".

"In light of the ongoing enquiry, and in the best interest of the participants' well-being, Mr. Angarag Mahanta (Papon) will be stepping back as the coach on the show 'The Voice India Kids'. He will not be shooting any further episodes till the issue is resolved.

"As broadcasters, it is our responsibility to act in an unbiased and just manner and we are committed to doing so. In the interim, we would humbly request everyone to please show understanding and concern towards all the parties involved and allow for the due process to be completed," the statement read.

Supreme Court lawyer Runa Bhuyan has filed the complaint under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

Papon co-judged the show along with fellow singers Shaan and Himmesh Reshammiya.