Following the allegations made by the top wrestlers the Delhi Police has finally registered two cases against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
This comes after Supreme Court ordered Delhi Police to register cases against Mr Bhushan amid protests at Jantar Mantar by top wrestlers including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik.
One out the two cases registered is under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which has been registered over the on sexual harassment by a minor.
Meanwhile, the WFI Chief who is also a BJP MP accepted Supreme Court’s order of filing case against him.
Mr Bhushan while talking to media said that the wrestlers should have waited until the final report of committee which was tasked to investigate the matter is out.
“I am happy with the judiciary’s decision. The Delhi Police will investigate the allegations and I am ready to cooperate with them in every possible way. No one is bigger than the judiciary in this country. The order has come to file an FIR (first information report). The government had also said it had no objection to filing an FIR. I am not larger than the Supreme Court. I welcome the order,” he further said.
The committee formed by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had already given its report on April 5, but the ministry of sports did not make the findings public which led to wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar.
“I didn’t raise any objection when the oversight committee was formed, didn’t ask any question or put hurdles. I have followed the law. They (wrestlers) should have waited for the report. But they didn’t. They went to the Supreme Court. I follow the law, but it seems they don’t,” WFI Chief told media.
“I welcome every decision. The one taken by the government, the move to set up an oversight committee, and I welcome the latest decision (of the Supreme Court) because I have not done anything wrong against anyone,” he said.
However, the wrestlers have said that they will continue their protest until the WFI Chief is arrested even after the police assured action.
“We respect Supreme Court’s order, but we don’t have faith in Delhi Police. This fight is not for an FIR. This fight is to punish people like him. He needs to be in jail and stripped of his portfolios,” the top wrestlers said.