Wrestlers’ harassment case: Brij Bhushan never exonerated by oversight committee, argue Delhi Police
PTC News Desk: Delhi Police said that accused BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was never exonerated by the oversight committee. The remarks by Delhi Police come during arguments on the charge in the women wrestlers’ sexual harassment case against Singh.
The Delhi Police further said that a mere gesture is enough to create an offence under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code.
After hearing the Delhi police's side arguments, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Harjeet Singh Jaspal adjourned the case to September 23.
The accused was never exonerated of the allegations by the oversight committee, according to special public prosecutor (SPP) Atul Srivastava for the Delhi police. The committee never stated that any of the allegations were untrue or unsubstantiated.
SPP also claimed that the committee's recommendations were solely for the future. It was not a decision.
The adjudication and prosecution proceedings are not the same. It is not the case that even if an accused is found not guilty, he cannot be prosecuted.
"Was the oversight committee a committee under the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment Act, 2013 (POSH),” the court asked, to which SPP replied in the negative.
He also read the oversight committee in court and stated that the tasks given to the committee were not the same and were not mirror images. "The issue itself was different," he added.
They made some recommendations; they are not outcomes, but rather recommendations for future reasons.
"Nowhere have they stated that these allegations are not substantiated or are false," the SPP added.