He had also expressed opposition to the way the investigation was conducted, claiming it violated his conscience, in his Hindi handwritten letter, which is included in the 1,599-page charge sheet filed by the Delhi police on June 15.
Khel Ratna Award winner MC Mary Kom chaired the Supervisory Committee, which initially had four members: Yogeshwar Dutt, Trupti Murgunde, Radhica Sreeman and Cdr. retired. Rajesh Rajagopala. Later, Phogat was added to the committee as a member.
Phogat expressed concern in his letter about the absence of any attempts to speak to unaffiliated witnesses who might have confirmed or denied the claims of the fighting victims. Furthermore, he emphasized that the committee was not given sufficient factual evidence of financial mismanagement, and the hearings appeared to be little more than a formality.
“Due to my limited English proficiency, I had requested a Hindi version of the report, but my request was not fulfilled,” he said. According to the Delhi Police charge sheet, 15 witnesses have corroborated the allegations made by two of the six fighters against the former WFI chief.
A total of 108 witnesses were questioned throughout the investigation, including other wrestlers and officials from the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). 15 of these witnesses have previously offered full or partial support for the victims’ claims.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was granted bail on Thursday by a Delhi court in connection with the sexual assault case involving female wrestlers. Vinod Tomar, co-defendant, also received permission to apply for bail.