In a significant development, the Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi granted bail to former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and former WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar on Thursday. The bail was granted in relation to the alleged sexual harassment and molestation case filed against them by six female wrestlers. Each of the accused had been asked to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 25,000 as a condition for their release.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh Gets Bail
The court imposed two specific bail conditions to ensure compliance with the legal process. Firstly, Brij Bhushan Singh and Vinod Tomar were prohibited from leaving the country without prior permission from the court. Secondly, they have been asked not to attempt to influence witnesses or tamper with any evidence related to the case. The court has set the next hearing for July 28 to further examine the matter.
Details Of Hearing
Addressing the court, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Harjeet Singh Jaspal confirmed the grant of bail and explained that it was contingent upon adherence to certain conditions. During the hearing, the public prosecutor representing the Delhi police urged the court to impose stringent conditions should bail be granted to the accused. However, he clarified that he neither opposed nor supported the bail application, emphasising that the decision should align with the court's mandate and prevailing laws.
On the other side, the lawyer representing the complainants objected to the bail, citing the accused's perceived influence. He argued that if bail were granted, it should be subject to strict conditions. The lawyer further mentioned that while witnesses had been approached in the past, no direct threats had been made.
Brij Bhushan Singh, a six-time Member of Parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had been at the helm of the wrestling body for 12 years before the charges surfaced. A total of 21 witnesses have given their statements against Singh, with six providing their testimonies under CRPC 164, which holds legal significance.
Prior to this development, the court had granted a two-day interim bail to both accused on Tuesday. Subsequently, Harjeet Singh Jaspal stated that in accordance with the Hon’ble Supreme Court's directives, the accused were admitted to interim bail until the next hearing, upon furnishing bail bonds of ₹25,000 each with one surety of a similar amount.
Advocate Rajeev Mohan and advocate Rehan Khan, representing Brij Bhushan Singh and Vinod Tomar, respectively, filed the applications seeking bail. They contended that the charge sheet had been filed without any arrest, and their clients had been fully cooperating with the investigation. The case remains under scrutiny, and both the court and the public continue to await further developments in this sensitive matter.
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