SC hears women wrestlers’ plea seeking FIR against WFI president
On Tuesthe day the Supreme Court issued a notice to Delhi Police on a plea by the country’s seven top wrestlers seeking a direction for registering an FIR against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
According to the plea, the wrestlers have cited an inordinate delay in the registration of FIR by the Delhi Police against the WFI President and urged the apex court to issue a direction to the police to lodge a case.
The top court agreed with the petitioners to suppress their identity mentioned in the petition.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud and comprising Justice P S Narasimha, said: “There are serious allegations in plea on behest of international wrestlers with regards to sexual harassment meted out to them. Issue notices returnable on Friday. Liberty to serve standing counsel NCT Delhi. The complaints that form an attachment in a sealed cover shall be again resealed.”
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Narendra Hooda mentioned the plea before the bench, representing the wrestlers. Sibal submitted that this is the wrestlers’ matter and they are sitting in dharna, and seven women have complained and one is a minor.
He stressed that an FIR had not been registered and added that the plea seeks one against Singh over alleged sexual harassment by women wrestlers. During the hearing, Sibal argued that a committee report has not been made public.
The Chief Justice asked Sibal to show the case papers.
Sibal said please see the complaint by the minor, the young girl had won a gold medal and added even the police personnel could be prosecuted for not registering an FIR.
He emphasized that the court should look at the allegations and that the police are not acting.
After hearing submissions, the top court sought a response from the Delhi Police.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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