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New Delhi: The Delhi Police's Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing allegations of sexual harassment against outgoing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, is likely to submit its probe report of two cases registered against him in court next week. Officials gave this information on Wednesday. Delhi Police officials said that as part of its investigation so far, the SIT has questioned more than 180 people.
The country's top wrestlers, including Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat and Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, were protesting against Brij Bhushan Singh. There have been demands for the arrest of Brij Bhushan Singh for allegedly sexually assaulting seven women wrestlers, including a minor.
The protesting wrestlers met Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday and agreed to suspend their agitation till June 15. The Sports Minister assured that a charge sheet will be filed against Brij Bhushan Singh within the stipulated time and the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections will be held by the end of June.
"The investigation report pertaining to the two cases along with all the evidence collected so far will be submitted to the court by next week. The officer said 180 people, including complainants, witnesses, associates, employees and family members of Brij Bhushan Singh, have been examined by the SIT so far. He said these people were questioned about the allegations levelled by the complainants and the specific incidents mentioned in the two FIRs.
The police officer said investigations were also conducted to ascertain the timelines of Brij Bhushan Singh's official and personal visits on certain dates to ascertain his behaviour with his colleagues, his behaviour with women wrestlers and to verify the claims of the complainants. If needed, the police may also visit Brij Bhushan Singh's residences in Delhi and Gonda to collect more evidence, he said.
The matter is very sensitive and the investigation is being carried out using all technical equipment, the official said. He said call detail records are being analysed and videos and photos collected as part of the investigation are being closely examined.
Delhi Police has registered two FIRs against Brij Bhushan Singh. While the first FIR pertains to allegations levelled by the minor wrestler and registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the second pertains to breach of modesty. The FIR mentions several alleged cases of sexual harassment, inappropriate touching, stalking, stalking and intimidation by the federation chief at different times and places over a decade.
Brij Bhushan Singh has been questioned twice by the police so far and on both occasions he denied all the allegations against him and claimed that he was being "framed".
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