Delhi police have informed the Supreme Court that they will file an FIR against wrestling group head and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh amid continued protests from India’s top wrestlers. The court was hearing petitions from female wrestlers accusing Singh of sexual assault and at that time delhi police informed the court about the FIR. Earlier, on 26 April, Delhi Police stated that a preliminary investigation was needed before filing an FIR.
The wrestlers’ protests against Singh drew political attention, with politicians such as Mamata Banerjee supporting the wrestlers. The court directed the Police Commissioner to assess the threat perceptions of the complainant and six other wrestlers who accused Singh of sexual harassment. Brij Bhushan Singh has been accused of sexual harassment second time in the last four months.
Brij Bhushan Singh has denied all the allegations against him and he said in the video that he would rather die than live a helpless life. The wrestlers’ protest also faced criticism from some, including Indian Olympic Association president PT Usha, who demanded discipline before taking to the streets. However, other sportsmen including Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan and Neeraj Chopra came forward to support the protesters.