Salim-Sulaiman Merchant replaces Anu Malik as ‘Indian Idol 10’ judge

After #MeToo allegations, music composer duo Salim and Sulaiman Merchant will reportedly be the first judges of ‘Indian Idol 10’. They will join the present judges, Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar. Sony Entertainment Television removed Anu Malik after singers Sona Mohapatra, Shweta Pandit and three other women have accused Anu Malik of sexual harassment.

Sony Entertainment Television, issued a statement on Sunday to update about Anu Malik's exit. "Anu Malik is no longer a part of Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we'll invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge extraordinary talent of Indian Idol Season 10," it stated.

Anu Malik confirmed his exit,"I, Anu Malik, have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show. The channel has been kind to agree for the same. Thank you," he said in the statement.

Rubbishing all allegations, Anu Malik's lawyer said in a statement, "The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #metoo movement but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious."