The outgoing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is “not hiding” anywhere, he will “expose each one of the protesting wrestlers lies” in the coming days, an official told IANS.
“Since the matter is in court, he (Brij Bhushan) won’t talk to the media right now. But he is waiting for the right time to expose all the lies by these star wrestlers. Whatever these wrestlers are saying are blatant lies. All these things (sexual harassment) never happened. Their problem was the laws which WFI put on for all the wrestlers in India (trials for all and other rules). WFI is for all the wrestlers not just for the stars. They just changed the topic to sexual harassment.
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“Political leaders are looking for benefits out of it now since everyone knows how Congress and the opposition are getting involved in it,” the official said.
“Firstly, the wrestlers demanded a committee to be set up. Then they said their own person (Babita Phogat) should also be included. Now they don’t trust their own family member,” he added.
“Committees record everything on video to keep a proof, so there is nothing to hide. Everything will be out soon. Wrestlers are getting worried because they know that their lies will get exposed sooner or later,” the WFI official emphasised.
The official further said that Bajrang Punia was praising Brij Bhushan a few months ago and now he is staging a protest, which is “weird”.
“When they claim that harassment was taking place for the past twelve years, then why were they showering praise on the WFI chief and never uttered a word in this regard? Because it never happened. The change in rules by WFI angered them actually. And one more thing, no one from WFI is threatening any women wrestlers. We don’t need to do all this, we know truth will prevail.”
Earlier, on Wednesday, Delhi Police informed the Supreme Court that some preliminary inquiry may need to be conducted before an FIR can be registered into the complaint by the wrestlers.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud that some preliminary inquiry may be needed but if this court orders, then FIR can be registered.
Mehta said that the authorities think that some inquiry should be there.
The Chief Justice replied that the court would also not want to do something unless there is some material.
The bench asked Mehta to furnish the material on Friday and pointed out that the matter involves a minor.