Sushil Kumar, India’s double Olympic wrestling medalist, was denied anticipatory bail by the court on Tuesday in connection with a brawl at Chhatrasal Stadium that resulted in the death of a 23-year-old wrestler.
Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, representing Sushil Kumar, argued that since the bullets were fired in the air, there was no case of murder. “The most important thing is that, according to their status report, Section 302 (murder charges) has been invoked. The goal was not to kill if the shots were fired in the air. As a result, 302 cannot be used “Siddharth Luthra expressed his views. Luthra also claims that the police’s response is incomplete and neglects key details.
Fearing arrest, Kumar applied for anticipatory bail at the Rohini court in Delhi on May 17, claiming that the investigation into his case is biased and that he is not responsible for any injuries caused.
The prosecution’s seizure of Sushil Kumar’s passport was also challenged by Luthra. “I (Sushil Kumar) am an Arjuna Awardee, and I have also won many Olympic medals,” he continued.
Senior Advocate Sidharth Luthra, who represents the accused, told the court that no custodial questioning of his client is necessary because the police have recovered everything, including the car, weapon, and stick.
In response to Sushil Kumar’s attorney’s arguments, Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava claimed, “There are several grounds to detain him. The other accused (Sonu and another) were staying in Sushil’s wife’s apartment.”
Kumar has been on the run since a FIR was filed against him at Model Town police station on May 4 under Sections 302 (murder), 365 (abduction), and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
A reward of Rs 1 lakh has been announced for information on Sushil Kumar. The Delhi Police Department
Monday, the Delhi Police announced a reward of Rs 1 million for information leading to the arrest of Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar. In addition to the reward for wrestler Sushil Kumar, a reward of Rs. 50,000 has been declared for Ajay, another absconding suspect in this case. In connection with the murder of Sagar Rana, Delhi Police has been conducting raids to apprehend wrestler Sushil Kumar and nine others.
After they were allegedly assaulted by Sushil Kumar and other wrestlers on May 4 night at the Chhatrasal Stadium premises in the national capital, Sagar Rana died and two of his friends were injured. Sushil Kumar, Ajay, Prince Dalal, Sonu, Sagar, Amit, and others were among those involved in the brawl, according to the police. In the event, Dalal, a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana, was detained. At the Model Town Police Station, a case was filed under various parts of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act. Kumar has been on the run since Rana’s murder, and police are conducting raids in the Delhi-NCR area and neighboring states to track him down.
In connection with the murder, a Delhi court issued non-bailable warrants against Kumar and nine others on Saturday. A Look-Out-Circular (LoC) had been given against him by the police.