Days after protests resumed against disgraced former wrestling chief Brij Bhushan Singh, demanding an FIR be filed against sexual harassment charges, the Centre has now responded and demanded a preliminary inquiry before filing an FIR.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that a preliminary inquiry would be needed before lodging an FIR against WFI president Brij Bhushan Singh over allegations of sexual harassment. SC will hear the plea filed by wrestlers regarding the filing of an FIR against Brij Bhushan Singh regarding alleged sexual harassment on April 28.
During a hearing, SG Mehta spoke on behalf of the Delhi Police and brought attention to the matter before the bench presided over by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and S Ravindra Bhat.
“Some preliminary inquiry may be needed. If this court orders, then yes FIR can be registered. But we feel some enquiry should be there,” the SG submitted.
India’s medal winners and protesting wrestlers have been asking for action to be taken against the Chief of the Wrestling Federation of India – Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, also a Parliamentary Member of the BJP.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India issued a notice in response to a petition filed by prominent Indian wrestlers. The wrestlers had requested the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against the president of the Wrestling Federation of India, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, due to allegations of sexual harassment. The court, led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha, asked for a response from both the Delhi Police and the government of Delhi regarding the matter.
The court noted the “serious” nature of the allegations made by the wrestlers and will be revisiting the matter on Friday. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal submitted that despite the allegations of sexual harassment, no FIR has been registered. The wrestlers hope that the court’s notice will lead to the registration of an FIR and the initiation of an investigation into the allegations made against Singh.