The startling admission by the father substantially weakens the case against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singhwho has relentlessly faced protest for the past six months by wrestlers, who have accused him of sexual harassment.The complaint by the minor wrestler has also led to investigation underPOCSO Act.
“It’s better that truth comes out now instead of court,” he told PTI when asked why he is changing his story now.
“Now that interactions have started, the government has promised fair enquiry into my daughter’s defeat (in Asian U17 championship trials) last year, so it is also my duty that I rectify my mistake,” he said.
He also provided elaborated explanation for the origin of his and his daughter’s animosity against Singh, who has vehemently denied the sexual harassment allegations, including against the minor.
The origin of the animosity goes back to the 2022 Under 17 Asian Championship trials in Lucknow when the minor lost the final and missed out on selection to the Indian team.
They blamed Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for the referee’s decision.
“I was filled with rage my child’s one-year hard work had gone down the drain because of that referee’s decision in final and I decided to take revenge,” he said.