Delhi Police told a court on Saturday that Brij bhushan Sharan Singh, the head of the Indian Wrestling Federation, had ‘hurt the dignity’ of female wrestlers who accused him of harassment on every occasion. After allegations of sexual harassment were filed by six female wrestlers in a case of alleged sexual harassment, the Delhi District Court at Rouse Avenue was hearing arguments against Brjbhushan.
Representing the Delhi Police, Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava informed the court that the President of the Wrestling Federation of India “knew what he was doing” and his intention was to damage the reputation of the wrestlers. He also mentioned that there are three types of evidence against Sharan Singh that are sufficient for framing charges. These include written complaints under sections 161 (police examination of witnesses) and 164 (statements recorded by a magistrate) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Srivastava argued that it is within the court’s jurisdiction to frame charges against Brjbhushan Singh. He also debunked the argument made by Sharan Singh’s lawyer, Advocate Rajiv Mohan, that the court does not have jurisdiction to pass orders on offenses committed outside India unless permission has been obtained.
Srivastava further informed the court that all the witnesses in the case had stated that the co-accused Vinod Tomar, a former Additional Secretary of the Wrestling Federation of India, had assisted Sharan Singh in his actions and supported him. Before his suspension, Tomar had worked with Brjbhushan Singh to manage the daily affairs of the wrestling organization.
On June 15, the Delhi Police filed a charge sheet against Brjbhushan Singh under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354A (sexual harassment), 354D (stalking), and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Harjeet Singh Jaspal had granted bail to Brjbhushan Singh and suspended Additional Secretary Vinod Tomar.