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NEW DELHI: A day after brokering a peace deal and asking Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to ‘step apart’ pending inquiry into the allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation towards him, Union sports activities minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday dismissed WFI’s assistant secretary Vinod Tomar with rapid impact for his public remarks in Gonda defending Singh, a BJP strongman and six-time Lok Sabha MP.
Thakur mentioned he has additionally cancelled the continuing senior nationwide open rating wrestling championship in Gonda, after photographs and movies of Singh attending the event as a ‘visitor’ emerged. Singh attended the event at Nandini Nagar sports activities stadium in Gonda however maintained a low profile and shunned making any statements.
These photos agitated the wrestling group after the protesting wrestlers had known as off their three-day lengthy protest at Jantar Mantar on the peace of mind of Thakur that Singh wouldn’t intrude within the day-to-day functioning of the WFI until the time the probe committee submits its report.

Talking completely to TOI on Saturday night, Thakur mentioned he has taken robust objection to Tomar’s feedback made to a video information company, the place he defended Singh by terming the costs levelled towards him by the nation’s main girls wrestlers as “baseless”.
Thakur added that Tomar has additionally been suspended on expenses of embezzlement of funds acquired via sponsorships. “I’ve taken a powerful view of Tomar’s interview and the allegations of economic impropriety towards him. We now have determined to droop him pending inquiry towards him. This is step one within the course that we’re with the wrestlers,” the minister mentioned.

“I’m cancelling the event in Gonda until the time the committee takes over the affairs of the WFI. They’ll take a name on its conduct,” he added.
Just a few hours after issuing Tomar’s suspension letter, the ministry got here out with one other workplace order directing the WFI to “cease all ongoing actions with rapid impact” except the oversight committee is formally appointed and takes over the day-to-day functioning of the federation. The ministry additionally directed the WFI to return the entry charges charged to individuals for the occasion.

Within the letter suspending Tomar, the ministry wrote: “The ministry has taken observe of the stories concerning the functioning of the WFI, together with the position of Vinod Tomar and has causes to consider that his continued presence can be detrimental to the event of this excessive precedence self-discipline. Due to this fact, by way of the supply of the sports activities code 2011, the ministry has determined to droop Vinod Tomar forthwith, and accordingly, the Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) is directed to convey this resolution to WFI instantly,” the round learn.
Tomar has been engaged as assistant secretary of the WFI since October 28, 2002 and his wage was being reimbursed by the SAI from the funds allotted underneath the Scheme of Help to the nationwide sports activities federations (NSFs).

It’s been learnt these selections had been taken to placate the agitating wrestlers, who felt cheated and let down by the ministry after Singh attended the nationals in Gonda.
In Gonda, Singh was accompanied by his MLA son Prateek Bhushan, WFI vice-chairman Karan Bhushan Singh, BJP MLA Ajay Singh and Paltu Ram. He spent your complete day on the stadium and interacted with well-wishers.
There have been talks concerning the wrestlers launching a contemporary offensive and beginning their sit-in protest once more at Jantar Mantar, demanding Singh’s suspension. Nonetheless, it’s been learnt that after Saturday’s late night developments, they’ve cancelled their second spherical of agitation.

Earlier within the day, WFI rejected all of the allegations, together with that of sexual harassment towards Singh, in its eight-page reply to the ministry and claimed that the wrestlers’ protest was motivated by a “hidden agenda to dislodge the present administration”.
“The WFI is managed by an elected physique as per its structure, and subsequently, there isn’t a scope for arbitrariness and mismanagement in WFI by anyone individually, together with the president,” the WFI mentioned in its response to the sports activities ministry.
“The WFI, underneath the sitting president, has at all times acted conserving the perfect pursuits of wrestlers in thoughts.
“The WFI has enhanced the picture of wrestling sport nationally in addition to internationally and for the file of this ministry, it isn’t doable with out honest, supportive, clear and strict administration of WFI,” it added.
In the meantime, WFI common secretary VN Prasood reached Lucknow on Saturday night and informed TOI that the particular govt council assembly of the federation will happen on Sunday morning.
It was not clear whether or not Singh would attend the assembly.
Prasood, who can be the chairman of WFI’s sexual harassment committee since 2019, mentioned: “Not a single particular person has come ahead with a criticism associated to sexual harassment earlier than me or another committee member. No one has levelled such allegations even throughout informal chats or interactions.”
Defending Singh’s presence on the Gonda occasion, WFI’s Vinod Tomar mentioned the schedule for the inaugural ceremony was ready months again and he didn’t attend the event because the federation president however “as a sports activities fanatic and a customer”.

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