SC issues notice to Delhi Police on Plea of Women Wrestlers

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Sports Ministry has put on hold the federation's elections

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NEW-DELHI: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Delhi Police seeking its response in the case of women wrestlers sitting on protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar. Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said that the wrestlers representing India in international sports have made serious allegations of sexual harassment in the petition. This matter needs to be considered by the court.

Kapil Sibal has demanded an early hearing on this matter from the Supreme Court. CJI DY Chandrachud asked on this 'what is the petition, who are they and what are the demands?' Sibal told the Supreme Court that seven women wrestlers had filed petitions. FIR is not being registered and there is a petition for registration of FIR.

The Supreme Court said that the allegations were serious and needed to be considered. The Supreme Court will hear the petition of women wrestlers on April 28. On Monday, the protesting wrestlers threatened to approach the Supreme Court if an FIR was not registered against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

The Sports Ministry has put on hold the federation's elections to be held on May 7 and asked the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to form an ad hoc committee to conduct the elections. On January 23, the government constituted a 6-member committee to investigate the matter of sexual harassment and intimidation against the President of the Wrestling Federation of India. The committee had submitted its inquiry report on April 5 but the government has not yet made it public.