"Police has imposed 144 at Rajghat, not allowed to do press conference": Vinesh Phogat

New Delhi | August 10, 2023 1:44:27 PM IST
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Indian World Championships and Commonwealth Games medalist Vinesh Phogat said on Thursday that the police have imposed section 144 at Rajghat in Delhi and stopped the wrestlers from holding a press conference. 

India's ace grappler, Vinesh Phogat, had announced that a press conference will be held by the wrestlers on Thursday.  Vinesh took to Twitter, to announce that a press conference will be held at Delhi's Raj Ghat at 12:30 pm. Along with Vinesh, Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik also took to Twitter, to announce the press conference.

"Hello everyone Tomorrow at 12:30 pm we are holding a press conference at Raj Ghat in Delhi. Jai Hind," Vinesh wrote in her tweet.  

Now, she has said that the police has imposed section 144 at the venue and press conference is not being allowed. She also said that the time and place of the next press conference will be finalised. 

"The police have imposed section 144 at Rajghat and have stopped us from holding a press conference. Will finalize the time and place of the next press conference soon," tweeted Vinesh. 


Last month, Vinesh and Bajrang recieved an exemption from the ad hoc committee from the Asian Games, Hangzhou, trials which will begin on September 23. 

They recieved a lot of criticism from wrestlers and they broke their silence by doing a combined live session on Facebook and replying to the accusations that wrestler Antim Panghal made on their exemption from the trials for the Asian Games, Hangzhou.

While addressing the accusations made by Antim, Vinesh said during the live session, Vinesh said, "We are not against the trials. I am not blaming Antim. She is too young to understand. She is right in her place. She is fighting for her right and we are fighting for our right. But we are not wrong."

Both wrestlers addressed the accusations that have been made against them after the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) ad hoc committee gave them an exemption from the trials and direct entry into the squad in their respective weight categories.

Wrestler Antim Panghal through a video communication has raised questions over the exemption given to wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat for direct entry into the Asian Games 2023.

Delhi High Court also dismissed the petitions moved by wrestlers, Antim Panghal and Sujeet Kalkal, over the exemption given to wrestlers, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat, for direct entry into the Asian Games 2023. 

Notably, The counsel for BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan on Wednesday argued on the point of charges in the sexual harassment case that hugging or touching a woman without sexual intent is not an offence.

The counsel also submitted before Rouse Avenue Court on the point of jurisdiction and limitations in the matter. He said the allegations are time-barred.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Harjeet Singh Jaspal heard the arguments advanced by advocate Rajiv Mohan, counsel for Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

The matter has been listed for further arguments on Thursday.

This case has been registered on a complaint by women wrestlers. Delhi police filed a charge sheet against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and Vinod Tomar.

Advocate Rajiv Mohan submitted that the chargesheet has been filed on the basis of allegations levelled by six wrestlers.

Section 218 CRPC says for each offence there shall be separate chargesheet, the counsel argued.

He also raised the objection in relation to the jurisdiction in the matter. He argued that arguments on jurisdiction and limitation can be heard on the stage of charge.