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Former WFI Chief Brij Bhushan Moves Application In Delhi HC Seeking Further Investigation In Sexual Harassment Case

On Thursday, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the former president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), filed an application to request an additional investigation into the sexual harassment matter.

This morning, the BJP MP showed up at Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court for the case hearing. On April 26, the court set aside time to issue an order regarding Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh’s application.

According to Brij Bhushan’s application, on September 7, 2022, the alleged molestation of a female wrestler at the WFI office occurred while he was out of India. According to certain media sources, the BJP MP has also produced a replica of their passport that has an immigration stamp on it.

Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik, two Indian woman wrestlers, had accused Brij Bhushan Singh of sexually abusing them. Delhi Police had registered a case against the former WFI chief.

Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to women with purpose to insult her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment), 354D (stalking), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC are among the charges that the Delhi Police filed against Bhushan on June 15 of last year.

On July 20, 2023, the accused was, nevertheless, given bail. Vinod Tomar, the WFI’s assistant secretary, was also suspended by the Delhi court that day.

In the meantime, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) filed a plea challenging its suspension, and on April 9 the Delhi High Court gave notice to the Union Sports Ministry requesting a response from the federal government within four weeks. Now, on May 28, the subject will be heard.

Three days after the wrestling federation’s election, on December 24, 2023, the central government suspended it. Sanjay Singh, a close assistant of BJP MP Brij Bhushan Saran Singh, who was accused of sexual harassment, was declared the winner.

It was described as “complete disregard of rules and regulations” and “hurried decisions taken by the WFI” by the Sports Minister. It then gave the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) instructions to form an ad hoc committee to supervise and control the WFI’s activities.

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