Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh took a swipe at the wrestlers staging a protest in New Delhi. You don’t get justice from Jantar Mantar, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said on Sunday.
The remark follows just days after the Delhi Police registered two FIRs against Singh on allegations of sexual harassment levelled by seven women wrestlers. The first FIR pertained to allegations of a minor wrestler and was registered under the POCSO Act, while the second was related to outraging modesty.
Brij Bhushan Singh alleged that those who have levelled allegations against him belong to an akhada whose patron is Congress MP Deepender Hooda.
“90% of the athletes and guardians of Haryana trust the Wrestling Federation of India. A few families and the girls who have levelled allegations belonged to the same ‘akhada’. The patron of that ‘akhada’ is Deepender Hooda,” WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said.
Taking a jibe at the wrestlers protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, the WFI chief said, “You don’t get justice from Jantar Mantar. If you want justice, you have to go to the police, court. They never did that until now. We will accept whatever the court decides.”
chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said he was ready to face “any kind” of probe but won’t resign from his post.
Addressing reporters at his residence in Bishnoharpur, about 40 km from Gonda city in Uttar Pradesh, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said, “I am completely innocent and have full faith in the Supreme Court and Delhi Police. I am ready to face any kind of investigation.”
He also said “resigning as president of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is not a big deal for me, but I will not resign as a criminal.”
Trust court, go home: Brij Bhushan Singh tells protesting wrestlers
Speaking to India Today, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said that he became an MP not because of the wrestlers, but because of the trust that the public has in him.
He asked the protesting wrestlers to go home, saying, “When the season of politics comes, we will do politics, but for now, trust the Supreme Court and the investigating agency.”