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Delhi Police clears protesting wrestlers of hate speech charges

The Delhi Police has filed an action taken report (ATR) in court, clearing protesting wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Sakshi Malik of hate speech charges.

The ATR was filed in response to a plea filed by Bam Bam Maharaj Nauhatiya, who claimed to be the national chief of ‘Atal Jan Party’. Nauhatiya had alleged that the wrestlers raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Jantar Mantar and said that it fell under the category of hate speech.

Delhi Police finds no evidence of hate speech by protesting wrestlers

However, the Delhi Police said that in the video provided by Nauhatiya, the wrestlers are not seen raising any slogans. The police also said that no offence of hate speech is made out as the wrestlers did not threaten to kill the Prime Minister.

The court has listed the case for further hearing on July 7.

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Delhi Police files ATR in court, no case registered against protesting wrestlers

The development comes as a major relief to the wrestlers, who have been protesting against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the president of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The wrestlers have accused Singh of sexual harassment and intimidation.

On Wednesday, the wrestlers agreed to pause their protest until June 15. This is the date by which, according to the Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, a chargesheet will be filed in the case by the Delhi Police.

The development is seen as a first breakthrough in the protracted standoff between the wrestlers and the government.

The wrestlers’ protest has been going on for over a month now, and it has drawn widespread attention and support. Many people have praised the wrestlers for their courage and determination in standing up to a powerful figure who is accused of wrongdoing.

The wrestlers have said that they will not back down until Singh is removed from office and the allegations against him are investigated. They have also said that they want to see changes made to the WFI so that it is more transparent and accountable.


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