Former WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh pleads not guilty to allegations of sexual harassment. GETTY IMAGES

Former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh pleaded not guilty in the sexual harassment case involving female wrestling athletes. The Bharatiya Janata Party MP appeared before Delhi’s Rouse Avenue Court today saying he was 'ready to face trial'.

"Iska koi sawal hi nahi. Galti kiye hi nahi (There is no question of that. I have not made any mistake)." the Uttar Pradesh native said when the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Priyanka Rajpoot, asked Singh if he accepts his mistake and pleads guilty.

Judge Rajpoot said there is sufficient material on record to charge  Singh for the offences punishable under Sections 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) and 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code.

A total of six wrestlers levelled sexual harassment allegations against Singh. Based on their complaints, the police had registered a first information report (FIR) against the MP, according to Bar and Bench.

On June 15, 2023, the police filed a chargesheet against Singh including offences under Sections 354 (outraging modesty), 354A (sexually coloured remarks), 354D (stalking) and 506(1) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The complainants had earlier moved the Supreme Court for the registration of an FIR against Singh. Subsequently, the Supreme Court was informed by the Delhi Police that an FIR was registered and that the investigation was on track.

The Court also charged co-accused Vinod Tomar, who is the former Assistant Secretary of the WFI, with the offence of criminal intimidation for the offence against Victim No 1.