BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh Pleads Not Guilty in Wrestlers' Harassment Case

BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh Pleads Not Guilty in Wrestlers' Harassment Case

Today, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh pleaded not guilty in the sexual harassment case brought by women wrestlers. The former head of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) appeared before the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi, asserting that he had not committed any offense.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Priyanka Rajpoot asked Singh if he accepted his mistake and wished to plead guilty, to which he responded in the negative.

Singh replied, “Iska koi sawal hi nahi. Galti kiye hi nahi''

Co-accused Vinod Tomar also pleaded not guilty to the charges. Consequently, the case will proceed to trial. On May 10, the Court had framed charges against Singh, accusing him of sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of five female wrestlers.

Judge Priyanka Rajpoot stated that there is sufficient evidence on record to frame charges against Singh for offenses punishable under Sections 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code.

The Court also charged co-accused Vinod Tomar, the former Assistant Secretary of the WFI, with the offense of criminal intimidation in relation to the case involving Victim No. 1.

Six wrestlers have leveled sexual harassment allegations against Singh. Based on their complaints, the police registered a First Information Report (FIR) against the Member of Parliament.

On June 15, 2023, the police filed a chargesheet against Singh for offenses under Sections 354 (outraging modesty), 354A (sexually colored remarks), 354D (stalking), and 506(1) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The complainants had previously approached the Supreme Court to request the registration of an FIR against Singh. Following this, the Delhi Police informed the Supreme Court that an FIR had been registered and that the investigation was progressing accordingly. Additionally, a minor wrestler had initially leveled allegations against Singh. However, she later withdrew her complaint, leading the Delhi Police to file a cancellation report in accordance with the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).

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