Based on an allegation of sexual harassment made by notable female wrestlers, the Delhi police arrested BJP MP and former Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for outraging woman’s modesty, stalking, and other offences under the Indian Penal Code. For violations of Sections 354 deals outraging modesty, 354A deals sexually offensive statements, 354D deals stalking, and 506 (1) deals criminal intimidation of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the police have filed a chargesheet. However, the police filed a cancellation report in the charges filed for violations under the Protection of Children from Sexual Violations Act (POCSO Act) in light of a young wrestler retracting the accusations against Singh. The wrestlers had filed a first information report (FIR) against Singh with a magistrate court in Delhi’s Rouse Avenue District. They continued to demonstrate against Singh at Jantar Mantar in the capital after the decision to file charges was made. The wrestlers had previously asked for a court-monitored investigation and urged the court to request a status update through their attorneys.
The wrestlers had already petitioned the Supreme Court to file an FIR against Singh. The Delhi Police then informed the Supreme Court that an FIR had been filed, the investigation was moving forward, and statements were being taken.
Analysis of Court Decision
The Supreme Court had closed the matter after taking into account the guarantees from the Delhi police and noting that it had previously ordered that security be provided to complainants and that the Delhi Police had likewise done the same. The highest court had said that the petitioners could file a motion with the high court or the relevant jurisdictional magisterial court for any additional relief.