Interim Bail Granted to WFI Chief Brij Bhushan Singh by Delhi Court in Sexual Harassment Case

New Delhi: Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court has granted interim bail to Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the outgoing chief of the Wrestling Federation of India, and Vinod Tomar, both accused of alleged sexual harassment of women wrestlers. The court will hold a hearing on their regular bail on July 20. Interim bail has been given until the next hearing, and the accused were required to submit a bail bond of Rs 25,000 each.

The Delhi police filed a charge sheet against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and Vinod Tomar on June 15 based on complaints lodged by women wrestlers. The chargesheet includes sections 354, 354D, 345A, and 506(1) of the IPC, as stated by Special Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava. Two FIRs were registered against Brij Bhushan Singh, one under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and a cancellation report has been filed in the case of a minor wrestler. The second FIR was filed based on the complaints of several wrestlers.

In relation to the POCSO matter, the Delhi Police filed a cancellation report in Patiala House Court, citing a lack of evidence. The minor who accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment changed her statement, and the Delhi Police found no collaborative evidence in the case.

Delhi Police officials have mentioned that a chargesheet is being filed for the offences under sections 354, 354A, 354D IPC against Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and for offences under sections 109/354/354A/506 IPC against Vinod Tomar in the FIR registered by the wrestlers. In the POCSO matter, a police report has been submitted under section 173 Cr PC, requesting the cancellation of the case based on the statements of the complainant (the victim’s father) and the victim herself, according to Suman Nalwa, PRO, Delhi Police.

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