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Who is Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the WFI chief in the eye of the storm?

Prominent wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, have accused Singh of sexually exploiting women wrestlers 'for years'

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Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the head of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), has been in the eye of the storm for the past few days. The BJP MP represents the Kaiserganj constituency in UP in the Lok Sabha. 

Prominent wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, have accused Singh of sexually exploiting women wrestlers "for years".

The wrestlers have been protesting at Delhi's Jantar Mantar and have said that several coaches in the national camp in Lucknow also exploited women wrestlers. The union minister for sports, Anurag Thakur, met the wrestlers on Thursday, and the Centre formed a three-member panel to probe the allegations against Singh.

Singh has, however, said that the charges levelled against him are a part of a "deep consipracy" and that he can be "hanged" if "one wrestler comes forward and says that she has been sexually harassed".

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First Published: Jan 20 2023 | 12:06 PM IST

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