Singer and music composer Anu Malik, who is currently judging the reality singing show Indian Idol Season 10, has been suspended from the position of the judge by Sony Entertainment Television amid sexual misconduct allegations.

Sony Entertainment Television released an official statement and have confirmed that Malik is no longer a part of the show. The statement reads, “Anu Malik is no longer a part of the Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule and we will invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge the extraordinary talent of Indian Idol season 10.”

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The allegations are made by singers Sona Mohapatra, Shweta Pandit, and two unnamed women but Malik has denied all of them. Talking to Indian Express, when asked to comment on the allegations made against him, he said, “I have issued a statement to the channel, ‘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.”

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Recently, former Indian Idol assistant Danica D’Souza opened up and said that he (Malik) has an image of a ‘tharki’ (lusty) and that when her colleague went on to narrate the incident to the production house, everyone turned a blind eye to her ordeal.