On March 2, a Delhi court is expected to decide whether to accept the police report seeking the cancellation of a complaint filed against former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accusing him of sexual harassment by a minor wrestler. Additional Sessions Judge Chhavi Kapoor, who was supposed to pass the orders today, expressed the need for more time for clarifications in the matter.
The controversy began when a report was filed by the Delhi Police on June 15, 2023, seeking the cancellation of the case filed by the girl. The report for the closure of the case was submitted after the girl’s father claimed that she had lodged the complaint against Singh over perceived injustice.
Recently, the Delhi Police urged a Delhi Court to frame charges against Singh in connection to the alleged sexual harassment case of women wrestlers. The police contradicted the accused’s contention that some of the incidents occurred overseas and, therefore, did not fall under the jurisdiction of Delhi courts. They argued that the incidents allegedly committed by Singh overseas and inside India, including Delhi, were part of the same offense.
The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Priyanka Rajpoot of Rouse Avenue Court ordered arguments on the point of charge on behalf of the complainant to be presented on January 20, 2024, at 2:00 PM and January 23, 2024. This date and time were set at the joint request of counsels from both parties.
In July 2023, ACMM Harjeet Singh Jaspal of the Rouse Avenue Court granted bail to BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and his co-accused Vinod Tomar, the suspended Assistant Secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI).
On June 15, the Delhi Police filed a chargesheet against Singh under various sections of the Indian Penal Code related to assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and criminal intimidation. Vinod Tomar was charged with abetment of offenses, assault, sexual harassment, and criminal intimidation.
In April, the wrestlers approached the Supreme Court seeking the registration of an FIR against Singh over allegations of sexual harassment. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud issued notice to the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi in the plea and allowed the petitioners to submit additional documents before it in a sealed cover.
The apex court had previously directed the Delhi Commission of Police to assess the threat perception concerning the alleged minor girl victim in the WFI sexual harassment case and make necessary security arrangements. The case has attracted widespread attention, and the court’s decision on March 2 will be eagerly awaited by all parties involved.
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