The protesting wrestlers led by Olympians Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat, and Sakshi Malik, have expressed their concerns over the recommendation of the Delhi Police to close the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) case against former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. However, they have decided against an immediate return to the protest site. Instead, they plan to consult their legal team to discuss the matter thoroughly.
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur’s assurance of filing the chargesheet by June 15 prompted the wrestlers to temporarily suspend their protest until that date. However, the recent development regarding the recommendation to close the POCSO case has ignited fresh concerns among the protesting athletes.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik said,
“The chargesheet clearly states that he is guilty but our lawyer has filed an application so that he gets his hands on the chargesheet at the earliest so that we can find out the charges. After that, we will see whether those charges are correct or not. Our next step would come once we see everything – whether the promises that were made are being fulfilled or not. We are waiting.”
The wrestlers have emphasized the importance of a careful evaluation of the legal implications surrounding this decision. Prior to making any further decisions, they aim to have comprehensive discussions with their legal advisors to ensure the best course of action.