28 Apr 2023

FIR Will Be Lodged Against WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, Delhi Police Tells Supreme Court But Wrestlers To Continue Sit-in

New Delhi: Delhi Police will today file a case against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on allegations of sexual harassment. Delhi Police has given this statement in the Supreme Court on Friday. 

On April 21, 7 female wrestlers including a minor had complained of sexual exploitation against Brij Bhushan. When the case was not registered, the wrestlers filed a petition in the Supreme Court.

During the hearing today, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, on behalf of the wrestlers, said in the court – security should be provided to women wrestlers and retired judges should supervise the case.

Court orders Delhi Police to provide security

On this plea, the court has ordered the Delhi Police to provide security. The court has also asked the police to file an affidavit detailing every step taken by them by next Friday. The matter will now be heard in the Supreme Court on May 17.

Wrestlers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for 6 days demanding action on WFI President Brij Bhushan. On Friday, former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev, Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, tennis star Sania Mirza, actor Sonu Sood and actress Urmila Matondkar also came out in support of the wrestlers.

Protest to continue till WFI chief is sent to jail

Hours after the Delhi Police apprised the Supreme Court that it has decided to register an FIR against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, protesting  wrestlers Friday remained defiant and said they would continue their stir until the WFI chief was sent to jail. Our protest will continue until he is sent to jail, wrestler Bajrang Punia said while addressing a press conference at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. 

Saying that filing an FIR is the first step towards victory, the wrestlers, however, added that they didn’t trust the Delhi Police as they might file a loose FIR.

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