WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh
WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Photo: Twitter/Singh

Minor wrestler's father admits filing false police complaint against WFI chief

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The father of the minor wrestler said on Thursday (June 8) that they deliberately filed a false police complaint of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief because they wanted to get back at him for the perceived injustice against the girl.

The startling admission by the father substantially weakens the case against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh who has relentlessly faced protest for the past six months by wrestlers, who have accused him of sexual harassment. The complaint by the minor wrester has also led to investigation under POCSO Act.

“It’s better that truth comes out now instead of court,” he told PTI when asked why he is changing his story now.

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“Now that interactions have started, the government has promised fair enquiry into my daughters defeat (in Asian U17 championship trials) last year, so it is also my duty that I rectify my mistake,” he said.

He also provided elaborated explanation for the origin of his and his daughters animosity against Singh, who has vehemently denied the sexual harassment allegations, including against the minor.

The origin of the animosity goes back to the 2022 Under 17 Asian Championship trials in Lucknow when the minor lost the final and missed out on selection to the Indian team.
They blamed Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for the referee’s decision.

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“I was filled with rage my child’s one-year hard work had gone down the drain because of that referee’s decision in final and I decided to take revenge,” he said.

(With agency inputs)

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