15 Jun 2023

Wrestlers Harassment: Charge Sheet Against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh Filed; Delhi Police Say No Evidence In POCSO Case

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Thursday filed a charge sheet in two courts against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, former president of the Wrestling Federation of India. A charge sheet was filed in Rouse Avenue Court on the allegations of 6 wrestlers. 

On the other hand, in the case of sexual exploitation of another minor, a 550-page closure report was filed in the Patiala House Court. Brij Bhushan has got a clean chit in this matter. The name of Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar is also there in the charge sheet.

In fact, 7 women wrestlers had complained of sexual harassment against Brij Bhushan to the Delhi Police on 21 April. In this matter, Delhi Police had registered two cases on 28 April. The first case was on the complaint of 6 adult women wrestlers, while one case was registered on the complaint of a minor.

Heavy security was deployed outside the Delhi residence of Brij Bhushan ahead of the filing of the chargesheet. Under sections 354, 354D, 345A of the IPC, the chargesheet has been filed against the BJP MP for offenses of sexual harassment and stalking. More than 180 people were questioned in connection with the allegations.

POCSO case to be quashed because minor victim changed statements

In the case of minor wrestler, Delhi Police said in the cancellation report, 'No evidence of sexual abuse has been found in the investigation. That's why we are closing this case. Delhi Police spokesperson Suman Nalwa said that in the POCSO case, we have appealed to the court to quash the case on the basis of the statements of the complainant i.e. the minor victim's father and the victim herself.

The minor wrestler had accused Brij Bhushan of sexual abuse, but later changed his statement. The minor wrestler said that he was not sexually abused by Brij Bhushan who discriminated against her in the wrestling trials.

Statements of the minor wrestler were recorded twice in the court. The next hearing in this matter will be on July 4. The court will decide whether the case against Brij Bhushan will go on under the POCSO Act or not.

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