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Minister with ‘obscene’ tag surrenders

Minister for art, culture and youth affairs Vinay Bihari surrendered before an Ara court in Bhojpur on Tuesday, putting at rest the controversy over his role in composition of some indecent songs for a Bhojpuri video album released a decade ago.

Bihari surrendered before Ara sub-divisional judicial magistrate (SDJM) Kishori Lal, who subsequently granted him bail.

The court had asked Bihari to furnish two bonds of Rs 5,000 each to secure bail in the case lodged by one Prabhat Kumar Singh, a resident of Bhojpur.

The Telegraph had published a report on the minister against whom an order of attachment of his property was pending for execution.

Earlier, the court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Bihari, an Independent legislator from Lauria Assembly constituency in West Champaran.

The minister told reporters in Ara that he decided to surrender before the court because he had high opinion about the judiciary.

“I am a law abiding citizen and have high regards for the judiciary,” he said, adding that he moved the court because he didn’t want to cause embarrassment for his ministerial colleagues.

He added that all the composers and singers of the album were made accused in the case. The album was released by T-Series.

Dalbhanjan Singh, the counsel of the petitioner, Prabhat Kumar Singh, said 13 people, including Bihari, were made accused in the complaint lodged in the SDJM court by the office-bearer of a non-government organisation — Bhojpuria Sena.

In his complaint, Prabhat alleged that an album depicting an immoral and obscene video was released, damaging people’s perception of the language and hurting the sentiments of Bhojpuri-speaking people of the region.

The court took cognisance of the complaint and issued a bailable warrant against the accused on December 18, 2011.