Singer Kanika Kapoor, who shared on social media on Friday that she tested positive for the highly contagious novel coronavirus or COVID-19, was accused of “negligence” in a first information report (FIR) presented by police on the basis of a complaint from the Chief Medical Officer of Lucknow. A dinner he attended in Lucknow caused a fright among many high-ranking politicians to Delhi, including the parliament and the President’s house.
The FIR – presented in sections 188, 269 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) – states that when the singer was screened at Lucknow airport on March 14, “a high viral load” was detected. She was advised to “house quarantine”, but the advice was “ignored”.
Kanika Kapoor, however, claimed to have come to Lucknow on March 11th. She also says that she entered Mumbai airport on March 9 after her flight from London, a city that has seen a sharp increase in coronavirus cases in the past month.
According to the singer – admitted to a hospital in Lucknow – she was screened at the airports “but no problems were detected” and she was “unaware of carrying coronavirus”.
Hours before the FIR was presented, while speaking with NDTV, the minister of health of the Pradesh Jai Pratap Singh – one of the guests at the party attended by Kanika Singh – had admitted to having fallen at the airport in the state capital. “There seems to be a delay on our part. I’m going to ask my officers how Kanika Kapoor exited the airport without being discovered,” she said.
Even the minister has isolated himself. “The gathering – a birthday party – was in the garden of a private residence on March 14. My family and I, along with other prominent families from Lucknow and some people from Delhi, attended. I stayed there for about a now and I’m gone “he shared.
On Friday, the 41-year-old singer shared a social media post revealing that she recently developed symptoms and is now isolated. The post was followed by a tweet from BJP leader Vasundhara Raje in which the former Prime Minister of Rajasthan claimed that she and her son Dushyant Singh have self-quarantined. They were among the politicians who had recently attended a dinner in Lucknow, where Kanika Kapoor was a guest.
While in Lucknow, I attended a dinner with my son Dushyant and his in-laws. Kanika, who unfortunately tested positive for # Covid19 he was also a guest.
With great caution, my son and I immediately quarantined ourselves and are taking all necessary precautions.
– Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) March 20, 2020
President Ram Nath Kovind also met with Dushyant Singh. The president canceled all his posts in government measures.
The Uttar Pradesh government, meanwhile, has ordered an investigation into the social gatherings the singer attended during the last week of her arrival in the state capital.
The presence of high politicians in a large meeting raised questions at a time when the Prime Minister asked for social distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which originated in China in December and has since spread to over 143 countries. Worldwide, over 8,000 people have died, more than 2 lakh have been infected. India saw the biggest jump in the number of cases on Friday while 63 other patients brought the total number of cases to 230.