The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Delhi Police, which is investigating sexual harassment allegations against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, is likely to submit its investigative report to the court next week in the two cases registered against him, officials said Wednesday.
As part of its investigation so far, the SIT has questioned more than 180 people, the Delhi police said.
The country’s top wrestlers, including Asian Games gold medalist Vinesh Phogat and Olympic medalists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, had protested against Singh, demanding his arrest for allegedly sexually harassing seven female grapplers, including a minor.
The protesting wrestlers met Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday and agreed to suspend their agitation until June 15, after he assured them that charges against Singh will be filed by then and that elections will be held by the end of 2018. the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) will be held. the month.
“The investigative report regarding the two cases with all the evidence gathered so far will be submitted to the court next week. The investigation is currently ongoing and more statements are being taken,” said a police official.
The official said that 180 people including the complainants, witnesses, Mr Singh’s colleagues, employees, staffers, associates and relatives have been questioned by the SIT so far.
These people were questioned about the complainants’ allegations and the specific incidents mentioned in the two FIRs, he said.
They were also investigated to learn more about Mr Singh’s attitude and behavior towards his colleagues, associates and female wrestlers and to establish the timeline of his official and personal visits on certain dates in order to verify the allegations of the complainants to prove, he said.
If necessary, police may also revisit Mr Singh’s residences in Delhi and Gonda to collect more evidence, he added.
The official said that the matter is very sensitive and that the investigation is being conducted using all technical tools. Call details are being analyzed and videos and photos collected as part of the investigation are being thoroughly examined, he said.
Delhi Police has filed two FIRs against Brij Bhushan Singh. While the first FIR pertains to allegations made by the underage wrestler and is registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, the second pertains to outrageous modesty.
The FIRs recount several alleged cases of sexual harassment, inappropriate touching, groping, stalking and harassment by the head of the Federation at various times and places over a decade.
Brij Bhushan Singh has been questioned by the police twice so far and on both occasions he denied all allegations against him and claimed that he was “tricked”.
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