WFI chief Brij Bhushan granted bail in sexual harassment of wrestlers case

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A Delhi Courtroom on Thursday granted bail to former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and official Vinod Tomar within the alleged sexual harassment case filed by six ladies wrestlers.

BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh leaves after the first day of Monsoon session of Parliament(PTI)
BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh leaves after the primary day of Monsoon session of Parliament(PTI)

Extra chief metropolitan Justice of the Peace Harjeet Singh Jaspal granted the duo bail on a private bond of Rs. 25,000 every whereas additionally imposing the circumstances that they’d not journey in another country with out prior permission from the court docket and they won’t affect any witnesses or tamper with the proof.

The court docket had earlier within the day reserved order after listening to the submissions of all of the events whereas each Singh and Tomar have been current within the court docket.

The prosecution had submitted earlier than the court docket that they’re neither opposing the bail utility nor supporting the bail however urged the court docket that the bail utility ought to be handled in accordance with legislation.

The counsel for the complainants, however, opposed the bail utility submitting that if the court docket grants bail to the accused, strict circumstances ought to be imposed on them. He had additionally apprised the court docket that there’s a terror of risk among the many wrestlers as Singh is an influential particular person.

Advocate Rajiv Mohan and advocate Rehan Khan, showing for Singh and Tomar submitted that they’re keen to abide by all of the circumstances which might be imposed by the court docket whereas granting bail.

“If there’s any apprehension amongst the complainants, I’m endeavor that there could be no risk from our aspect”, Mohan additional added. The court docket has now listed the matter for additional listening to on July 28. The court docket had earlier this week granted two days interim bail to the duo citing the Supreme Courtroom judgment in Satendra Kumar Antil (2022).

The Supreme Courtroom had, within the Antil case, noticed that the place the offences are punishable with imprisonment of seven years or much less or the place cost sheet is filed with out the arrest of the accused or the particular person has cooperated within the investigation, the bail of needs to be determined with out taking him into custody or by granting interim bail until common bail is determined.

The Delhi police had registered the FIR within the case, on April 28, after the intervention of the Supreme Courtroom. A 1599-page chargesheet was filed by the police, after conducting a probe within the case, on June 15. The court docket, on July 7, took cognizance of the chargesheet and issued summons to each Singh and Tomar.

The police had charged Singh below sections 354 (assault or prison power with intent to outrage modesty), 354A (sexual harassment) and 354D (stalking), whereas the police framed fees in opposition to Tomar below sections 354, 354A, 109 (abetment) and 506 (prison intimidation) IPC.

A conviction below part 354 carries a most jail time period of 5 years, below part 354A three years , and below part 354D additionally three years. The police mentioned within the cost sheet {that a} whole of 108 witnesses have been examined throughout investigation out of which 15 had corroborated the allegations made in opposition to Singh and Tomar.

“Based mostly upon the investigation carried out thus far, it’s established that the alleged Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is liable to be prosecuted and punished for offences below sections 354, 354-A IPC,” the police submitted within the cost sheet.

The police additionally identified within the chargesheet that additional supplementary cost sheet will even be filed within the case as forensic outcomes of digital gadgets and evaluation of name information information have been awaited.

Singh is going through one other FIR by a minor, who later modified her assertion earlier than a Justice of the Peace. On June 15, police filed a 552-page cancellation report within the second FIR which is pending earlier than a POCSO court docket.

The court docket has sought a response from the minor wrestler and her household on whether or not they agree with the police or have any objections to the cancellation report. This case has been listed for additional listening to on August 1.

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