Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh appeared in sexual abuse case, gave clarification for 3 hours, 20 supporters supported - Newztezz Online


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh appeared in sexual abuse case, gave clarification for 3 hours, 20 supporters supported

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was accused by the country's veteran wrestling players of sexually abusing women players, for which the Sports Ministry had formed a committee to investigate.

New Delhi: Veteran players of India like Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik had in January accused the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexually abusing women players. In this matter, an oversight committee was constituted in the Sports Ministry. Bhushan appeared before this committee on Tuesday. Bhushan kept his clarification in front of the committee and he rejected all the allegations leveled against him outright.

This committee is probing the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against Brij Bhushan. The committee, headed by veteran boxer MC Mary Kom, was constituted on 23 January. The country's top wrestlers had accused WFI chief Brij Bhushan of sexually harassing several women players, threatening players and running the sports body in a dictatorial manner.

Bhushan had arrived with 20 supporters

Brij Bhushan had arrived with 20 of his supporters for the hearing. The hearing lasted for about three hours. Sports Ministry sources told PTI, Brij Bhushan appeared before the committee today. He rejected all the allegations outright. He said that he never did anything wrong.

Brij Bhushan, however, avoided the media waiting outside the Sports Authority of India (SAI) headquarters. He said that the investigation is still going on and at this time he does not want to make any comment.

Dharna at Jantar Mantar

Allegations against him have been leveled by top wrestlers of the country including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Ravi Dahiya. The wrestlers have already appeared before the committee. In January, the country's top wrestlers staged a three-day dharna at Jantar Mantar, demanding the sacking of Brij Bhushan and dissolution of the WFI. After this, BJP MP Brij Bhushan was asked not to see the work of WFI till the completion of the investigation.

The Mary Kom -led committee includes former wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, former badminton player Trupti Murgunde, SAI member Radhika Shriman, former CEO of Lakshya Olympic Podium Scheme Rajesh Rajagopalan and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Babita Phogat.

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