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Will file FIR against WFI chief on sexual harassment charges: Delhi Police to Supreme Court

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The Delhi Police assured the Supreme Court on Friday that it will register an FIR against BJP MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by top women wrestlers of the country.

This information was given to the Bench of Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice P.S. Narasimha by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Delhi Police.

Some of the top women wrestlers of the country had moved the Apex Court, seeking registration of an FIR against the WFI chief over sexual harassment charges.

The wrestlers have been staging a protest at Jantar Mantar over the past few days in support of their demand.

Though the SG said that nothing survived in the petition in view of the decision of the Delhi Police, petitioners’ Counsel and Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal pressed for directions seeking safety of women.

He said the petitioners were worried on two grounds. First, they were worried about their security and safety, while the second reason given by Sibal was that there were 40 cases against Sharan. 

The Senior Counsel then handed over a sealed cover to the Apex Court, regarding the threat perception of a minor girl, who was an alleged victim of sexual assault at the hands of the WFI chief.

After recording the statement of SG Mehta regarding the Delhi Police’s decision to register an FIR, the Apex Court directed the Delhi Police to make an adequate assessment of threat perception and provide security to the minor.

However, the top court of the country clarified that its direction to provide security to the minor girl shall not stand in the way of the Commissioner making an independent threat perception for other complainants for security.

SG Mehta had informed the Supreme Court on the previous hearing that the authorities intended to conduct a preliminary enquiry in the matter. 

He had then said that if the Apex Court directed, the Delhi Police was ready to register the FIR.

(Case title: XYZ and Ors vs State of NCT of Delhi and Ors)

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