Wrestler Sakshi Malik flags concern over withdrawal by minor, says, 'there was a lot of pressure on the family'

"We will decide on the further course of action after our remaining demands are met by the government," Sakshi Malik said. 

Published: 16th June 2023 12:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2023 02:17 PM   |  A+A-

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Wrestler Sakshi Malik. (Photo | Parveen Negi/ Express)


NEW DELHI: Olympic medallist Wrestler Sakshi Malik, who has been a part of the protest with other grapplers against the outgoing WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, said on Friday that the filed chargesheet has the WFI chief's name. However, she said that there is "a lot of pressure" on the minor's family.

"He (Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh) has been named in the chargesheet submitted by police yesterday. In the minor's case, it is clear that there is a lot of pressure on the family. We will decide on the further course of action after our remaining demands are met by the government," Sakshi Malik said.

On Thursday, India's ace wrestler Sakshi Malik said that grappler's lawyer has filed an application to get the chargesheet then accordingly the next step will be decided.

The wrestlers had halted their protest till June 15 after being assured by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur that the chargesheet in the case will be filed by June 15.

"The chargesheet clearly states that he is guilty but our lawyer has filed an application so that he gets his hands on the chargesheet at the earliest so that we can find out the charges. After that, we will see whether those charges are correct or not. Our next step would come once we see everything - whether the promises that were made are being fulfilled or not. We are waiting," wrestler Sakshi Malik told ANI.

Delhi Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet in the FIR against former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on the complaint of protesting wrestlers. The chargesheet has been filed under sections 354, 354D, 345A & 506 (1) of IPC, Special Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava said.

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Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) announced to hold elections on July 6 amid the ongoing protest by wrestlers against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the newly-appointed returning officer for WFI elections Mahesh Mittal Kumar in a statement.

Olympians Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat along with other wrestlers had been on a protest in the national capital since the beginning of this year in order to press for the arrest of the Brij Bhushan over allegations of sexual harassment. 

READ MORE: What lies ahead for WFI chief Brij Bhushan after Delhi cops file chargesheet before court?

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