New Delhi. The investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment of women wrestlers against Brij Bhushan Singh, President of the Indian Wrestling Federation, is almost complete. According to officials, the Delhi Police may file a charge sheet in this matter on Thursday. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur had met Olympic Games medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik on June 7 in this matter and assured them that The charge sheet will be filed in the case by June 15. After this the protesting wrestlers suspended their agitation.
A senior police officer said, ‘Since the Sports Minister has assured the wrestlers to file the charge sheet by June 15, we will follow it.’ Significantly, for its investigation, the Delhi Police has written letters to the wrestling federations of five countries seeking information regarding the alleged incidents of sexual harassment of Brij Bhushan, the reply of these federations is still awaited. Officials told that after getting the reply from the federations, a supplementary charge sheet will be filed in this matter.
He told that notices were sent demanding photo-videos of the tournament and CCTV footage of the places where the wrestlers stayed during the matches. Let me tell you, in the Brij Bhushan sexual harassment case, the Special Investigation Team has so far questioned more than 180 people. The team also visited Brij Bhushan Singh’s residence in Gonda where it recorded the statements of WFI chief’s relatives, associates and house staff.
The investigation team also took a woman wrestler to Brij Bhushan Singh’s official residence in Delhi to ‘recreate’ the sequence of events leading to the alleged crime. The agitating wrestlers protested again in case the charge sheet was not filed within the stipulated time A warning has been given to start the demonstration.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 15, 2023, 08:59 IST