Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the benched chief of the nation’s Wrestling Federation accused of sexual harassment, has refused to step down regardless of the chargesheet filed towards him by the Delhi Police. Requested the query by Occasions Now, the six-time MP not solely refused, but additionally misbehaved with the reporter and slammed a automotive door on the mic.
Sources mentioned the Delhi Police has filed a 1000-page chargesheet towards the Federation chief after detailed investigation that included questioning over 100 individuals. Sources mentioned 15 of these questioned testified in favour of the seven wrestlers who accused him of sexual harassment. Amongst them had been the wrestlers’ pals and households.
He has been charged with sexual harassment, stalking, wrongful confinement and prison intimidation. A second FIR (First Info Report) has been filed towards him on the idea of allegations by a minor wrestler, which was registered underneath POCSO (Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences) Act. He faces three and 7 years in jail underneath the 2 instances.
The Delhi police, although, have requested a cancellation of the POCSO case, citing lack of proof.
Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court docket has summoned the Wrestling Federation chief on July 18. “The proof is sufficient to attempt to punish the accused,” police sources have mentioned.
As we speak, requested concerning the prices towards him, which allege repeated and steady sexual harassment, the Wrestling Federation chief mentioned he would “communicate in court docket” and refused to present any “masala” to the media.
Earlier, Singh had denied all allegations and mentioned he would step down provided that Prime Minister Narendra Modi desires him to.
The wrestlers — a lot of them nationwide and worldwide medal winners — had held a protest demanding motion towards him earlier this 12 months. In April, they hit the streets, holding a sit-in at Jantar Mantar until they had been evicted after a number of run-ins with the Delhi Police.
Visuals of Olympians being pinned to the highway and dragged off by the police had triggered shock and outrage throughout the nation. Shortly after, the federal government stepped in, asking the wrestlers to attend until the police completed their investigation.