Mika says he hit doctor in a fit of rage

NEW DELHI: A day after the Delhi Police registered a criminal case against pop singer Mika Singh for assaulting a doctor during a programme at Delhi Pusa Institute Mela Ground on Sunday, the singer issued a statement defending his action. He said he had slapped the doctor, later identified as Shrikanth, in a fit of rage after he kept swearing at him.

He said that during the show, he had requested all the men present in the venue to move towards one side so that the women and children could get a space to dance and enjoy the show. “I asked the gentleman in the audience several times politely to move over to the side slightly, and most complied straight away but this doctor started swearing at me from the audience and abused me. I realised at this point he was drunk which all the doctors also witnessed,” Singh said in the statement.

In a video shot during the show, Singh is seen calling the doctor on the stage and asking him to apologise. Singh slapped the man after he refused to do so and asked his security guards to take him away.

“I called him up on the stage, and asked him whether he would feel just as comfortable doing the same actions on the stage or in front of his family. He continued his tirade of swearing after which I lost my cool which I probably shouldn’t have and slapped him,” Singh stated.

After the incident, the doctor, along with the organizers, reached Inderpuri police station on Sunday and registered a case against the singer. The doctor claimed that he suffered internal injuries on his ear after being thrashed by the singer.

However, police said they are yet to receive the medical report confirming this. A police officer said they have also sought the video evidence of the event from the department of ophthalmology. A case of causing hurt and wrongful restraint was registered against the singer.

A police officer said action will be taken once the nature of injuries is established.

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