Court orders trial in case of sexual harassment against former WFI manager

The Rouse Avenue Court has scheduled the trial and recording of prosecution witness statements in the sexual harassment case against former MP and WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and Vinod Tomar to begin on July 26. Additional Chief Justice (ACJM) Priyanka Rajpoot issued summons to two prosecution witnesses on Thursday.

In a related development, Singh’s lawyer, Advocate Rajiv Mohan, withdrew an application seeking production of certain documents related to Singh’s foreign trips and hotel stays. The court gave itself the freedom to submit the application with more specific details. Charges were formally framed against Singh and Tomar on 21 May, following an earlier direction by the court on 10 May.

The court had found sufficient evidence to proceed with the charges under IPC Sections 354 and 354A for sexually harassing five women wrestlers, and Section 506 (Part 1) based on allegations by two women. However, Singh was acquitted of charges by a sixth wrestler. Vinod Tomar is also facing charges under Section 506 (Part 1) on the charge of a woman, but was acquitted of other charges.

The Delhi Police has filed a 1,599-page charge sheet, including statements of 44 witnesses and photographic evidence of the incidents. The charge sheet states that Singh and Tomar should be arraigned without arrest, as they have complied with the investigation directives under Section 41A CrPC. The charge sheet also alleges that Singh is liable for prosecution and punishment for crimes including sexual harassment, molestation and stalking.

This case arose out of complaints filed by several women wrestlers, leading to two FIRs on 28 April. An FIR, under the POCSO Act, resulted in a cancellation report of a minor wrestler’s complaint. The second FIR, based on complaints by several wrestlers, led to the filing of a charge sheet against Singh under IPC sections 354, 354A and 354D, and against Tomar under sections 109, 354, 354A and 506.

(Disclaimer: With views from agencies.)

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