Wrestlers proceed their protest, plan to maneuver SC searching for motion towards former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan

The protesting wrestlers searching for motion towards former WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh have determined to go to the Supreme Court docket, insisting they received’t quit except an official FIR is registered even because the Sports activities Ministry on Monday sought the formation of an ad-hoc committee as an interim measure.

The wrestlers, together with Olympic champions Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia and Asian champion Vinesh Phogat have accused the previous chief of the Wrestling Federation of India of sexual harassment and sought his arrest. That is the second time they’ve sat on protest after doing so in January this 12 months, when the Ministry fashioned a six-member Oversight Committee to look into the allegations.

On Monday, the Ministry wrote to the IOA suggesting postponement of the upcoming elections (scheduled for Might 7) and structure of an Advert-Hoc committee as an interim association “…to conduct the election to the Executive Committee of the WFI within 45 days of its formation and to manage the affairs of the WFI, including selection of athletes and making of entries for participation in international events…”. However the wrestlers should not impressed.

“We will not believe these false promises. Earlier also they made a committee but those close to Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh were only running the federation. No FIR has been registered for three days, we want the court to look into that also and proper investigation to be done into our complaints. The petition is expected to come up for mention in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The Ministry’s ‘suggestion’ to the IOA also mentioned the major findings of the Oversight Committee: Absence of an Internal Complaints Committee and lack of adequate mechanism for awareness building and grievance redressal; need for more transparency and consultation between federation and sportspersons; need for effective communication between the stakeholders. There was no mention of the specific charges against Singh.

“The committee was biased from the start. There was no lawyer when he deposed. All this while no one told us anything about the report. If the committee has not found anything then let them register an FIR against us but let everything be made public,” Sakshi mentioned, including, “he is getting an advantage because he is an M.P. from BJP. He has the power of money but we have the power of truth.”

The wrestlers, nonetheless, admitted that the help this time from their fraternity was muted, claiming they have been afraid of their very own careers even whereas dismissing Babita Phogat’s presence on the committee as being politically inclined.

Curiously, the ministry has ‘requested’ the IOA and shunned immediately instructing the WFI which might have been construed as authorities interference within the administration of a recognised federation.

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