David Guetta concert: Organisers get notice for tweet blaming cops for scrapped

David Guetta concert:  Organisers get notice for tweet blaming cops for scrapped
Hours after organisers called off French DJ David Guetta’s international music concert citing law and order issues, Bengaluru Rural district police issued notices to the company Sunburn.

The police issued the notice seeking explanation why action cannot be taken against the organisers for blaming the police and defamed the city's reputation to “cover their own lapses.”

IGP Central Range, Seemanth Kumar Singh issued notice to the company following a tweet by Sunburn CEO Karan Singh blaming the police. “Due to the present law and order situation in Bengaluru following the events that transpired around New Year's Eve, the authorities have recommended against holding the David Guetta concert scheduled today in the city,’’ he said in the tweet which was later deleted.

“We have sent notices to Sunburn over their remarks and are also contemplating legal action against them,” said Seemanth Kumar Singh.

Bengaluru Rural Superintendent of Police Amit Singh said organisers had approached him for permission just two days before the concert, scheduled on Thursday.

The SP denied permission stating there were APMC elections on Thursday in Rajanakunte in Doddaballapur taluk, where the concert was planned in an open air field on Embassy Riding School premises. The organisers had also asked for permission to serve liquor at the venue.

“Two days is too short a notice to make security arrangements. Moreover, for us, elections were a priority. They were given options of re-scheduling the event,” said Amit Singh.

The Bengaluru district police said that organisers had approached the city police for a venue within the city, but they were denied permission for unknown reasons after which they approached the Raja-nakunte police for permission.

Company backtracks

“We are in touch with the Bengaluru police. As far as the tweet is concerned, it has been removed and there is a fresh tweet by Sunburn. No comments on the controversy,” said Shailendhar Singh, chief orga-niser of Sunburn in Bengaluru.

“We lost a great opportunity of David Guetta performing for us this time. He had offered to perform for free and use the funds raised for educating unprivileged children in India. It took us two years to get him here, and it depends on his next availability,” he added.

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