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BJP MP Brij Bhushan pleads not guilty to sexual harassment charges

BJP MP Brij Bhushan pleads not guilty to sexual harassment charges

Ex-WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI



Tribune News Service

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 21

BJP MP and former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Singh pleaded not guilty to the charges of sexual harassment framed against him in a criminal case filed by five women wrestlers and claimed trial on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Priyanka Rajpoot of Rouse Avenue Courts had framed the charges against him.

Brij Bhushan along with former assistant secretary of the WFI and co-accused Vinod Tomar are currently out on bail. “Charges have been framed and they will have to prove these in the court. I have all evidence to prove my innocence...All these are false cases, the Delhi Police have to show what evidence they have against me...,” he told reporters.

The court asked Brij Bhushan if he pleaded guilty to the charges, to this he responded, “Why will I plead guilty when I am not guilty?”

The court had found sufficient material on the record to frame charges against Brij Bhushan under Sections 354 (outraging modesty of woman) and 354A (sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Judge posted the matter for further proceedings on June 1.

It had also found sufficient material to frame charges against Brij Bhushan for offences under Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC in connection with two of the five victims. The court, however, discharged Brij Bhushan in a complaint filed by one of the six women wrestlers, citing lack of sufficient evidence to back her claim.

A six-time MP from Uttar Pradesh, Brij Bhushan was denied BJP ticket from Kaiserganj Lok Sabha seat in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him.

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