International Shooter Vartika Singh moves court against Smriti Irani, two others

Singh has accused Irani, her ‘aides’ of demanding bribe to facilitate NCW appointment

International Shooter Vartika Singh

Days after she was herself named in a police complaint, international shooter Vartika Singh approached the MP-MLA court in Uttar Pradesh, accusing Union Minister Smriti Irani and two others of “demanding money” to appoint her as a member of a ‘central women’s commission’. According to multiple news reports the shooter has alleged that two men who she believes are “people close to the minister” gave her a fake letter, “appointing her as a member of the central women’s commission”, the news reports state that Singh was perhaps referring to the National Commission for Women.

According to news reports, Vartika Singh has alleged that Vijay Gupta and Rajnish Singh, the men who she identified as the two “aides” of Union Minister Smriti Irani, “initially demanded Rs 1 crore from her and then brought the amount down to Rs 25 lakh.”

Singh also alleged that one of the men talked to her in an obscene manner. However, it is important to note that Vijay Gupta, one of the men Singh has accused, had filed a complaint against the shooter and another person at Musafirkhana police station in Amethi district on November 23.  Gupta had accused them of “levelling unfounded charges” against him, and added that they were “trying to spoil his image.” The police had lodged an FIR against Vartika Singh, based on that complaint. However, Singh claimed that Gupta had lodged the complaint after she threatened to “expose corruption”. The MP-MLA court has fixed January 2 for a hearing after which it will decide if the case falls under its jurisdiction, according to news reports that quoted her lawyer.

The last time shooter Vartika Singh was in the news was when she had reportedly written to Union home minister Amit Shah, stating that she volunteered to execute the four convicts in the December 16, 2012, ‘Nirbhaya’ gang rape and murder case. According to a news report in the Hindustan Times, Singh had written a letter ‘in blood’ to  Union home minister Amit Shah, stating that the four convicts should be executed by a woman and she volunteered. “Hanging of the Nirbhaya case convicts should be done by me. This will send a message throughout the country that a woman can also conduct execution,” Vartika Singh was quoted as saying. She had asked “women actors and MPs to support” her and hoped, “this will bring change in society.”



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