Preliminary probe needed before FIR on sexual harassment allegations of wrestlers: Delhi Police to SC
New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) The Delhi Police on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that some kind of preliminary inquiry is required before registering an FIR against WFI president Brij Bhushan Saran in connection with allegations of sexual harassment leveled by seven female wrestlers. Singh.
Appearing for the Delhi Police, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha that if the Supreme Court feels that an FIR should be registered, it can be done immediately.
“Primarily we feel that there is a need to conduct a preliminary inquiry before registering an FIR,” said a senior law officer.
Mehta said not to create an impression that the FIR was not registered despite the court’s request.
The bench took note of Mehta’s submissions and said the Delhi Police may present its views on registration of the FIR on April 24, when the wrestlers’ petition comes up for hearing.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Delhi Police and others on a plea by seven women wrestlers seeking registration of an FIR against the WFI president over allegations of sexual harassment, saying the matter was “serious” and required consideration.
Several national award-winning wrestlers staged a protest at Jandar Mantar here, demanding the government make public the findings of the oversight panel that probed allegations of sexual harassment against Singh.
Top wrestlers, who have won medals for the country at various international events, said they would continue to press for a proper investigation into their allegations that Singh sexually harassed female athletes. PTI SJK ABA SJK DV DV