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Wrestlers' Protest: Delhi Police SIT Likely To Submit Report To Supreme Court By Next Week

The statement of the police comes hours after the protesting wrestlers including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and others, met with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday.

Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia speak with the media at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
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The Delhi Police's Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Sharan Singh is likely to submit its report to the Supreme Court by next week. 

''The investigation report related to the two cases with all the evidence collected so far will be submitted in the court by next week. Currently, the investigation is underway and more statements are being recorded,'' a police official said.

The statement of the police comes hours after the protesting wrestlers including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and others, met with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday. Following the meeting, they had agreed to suspend their protest till June 15 after Thakur assured them that a charge sheet against Singh will be filed by then and the WFI elections will be held by the end of the month.

According to officials, the Delhi Police has questioned over 180 people including witnesses, Singh's colleagues, relatives, family members, and so on, to understand Singh's behaviour. The police have said that they are further examining call records, and videotapes to ascertain the timeline of certain days and events and corroborate with the complainants' statements. 

If needed, the police may also revisit Singh's residences in Delhi and Gonda to collect more evidence, he added.

The official said the case is very sensitive and the investigation is being carried out using all technical tools.

The Delhi Police filed two FIRs against Bhushan on April 28 after the intervention of the Supreme Court. While the first FIR relates to allegations by the minor wrestler and has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the second is related to outraging modesty. The FIRs reveal several incidents of alleged sexual misconduct. Wrestlers have been protesting against Bhushan to demand his arrest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar since January and resumed the same in April. 

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