Minor wrestler's father does U-turn, claims filed false case against WFI chief

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

Published: 08th June 2023 09:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th June 2023 09:32 PM   |  A+A-

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh

WFI President and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. (File Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: The father of the minor wrestler told PTI on Thursday that they deliberately filed a false police complaint of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh 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 Bhusha 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 wrestler has also led to an 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.

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

He also provided an elaborated explanation for the origin of his and his daughter's 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.

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


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