Wrestlers’ sexual harassment case: SC closes proceedings

New Delhi, May 4 (UNI): The Supreme Court on Thursday closed the proceedings on the petition filed by seven women wrestlers, on whose sexual harassment complaint FIRs have been registered against WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud, and also comprising Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala, decided to close the case after noting that the prayer in the plea for registration of First Information Report (FIR) has been satisfied.


The bench also noted in its order that it had earlier directed that security be provided to the complainants and that the Delhi Police have done the same.

“The purpose of the plea was the registration of FIR which is now registered. Apart from the registration of FIR, this court had passed some other directions to ensure security for complainants (Wrestlers/ victims). The Police have indicated that proper security has been provided to minor complainants and due security has been provided to others. Having regard to the ambit of the case before us, we close the proceedings now,” the apex court in its order said.

The Supreme Court noted that as the purpose of the petition has been served and FIR has been already registered and security provided to wrestlers, the case is being closed now.

It, however, made it clear that if the petitioners wish for something else, or need any further plea, they can approach the magistrate or the High Court.

The Top Court, however, also rejected the plea by the wrestlers that the probe be monitored by a former Judge.

During the course of the hearing, the Delhi Police told the Supreme Court that the statements of four complainants, including a minor, have been recorded.

“We close the proceedings since the prayers in the petition have been fulfilled. The bench also doesn’t agree to pass any order at this stage on monitoring of the investigation by any retired judge of a high court or the Supreme Court,” the Apex Court said, in its order.

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