Sushil Kumar files anticipatory bail application in wrestler Sagar Rana’s murder case

Sushil Kumar, Indian wrestler and only Indian sportsman to bag 2 Olympic medals, has applied for anticipatory bail at the district court in Rohini on Tuesday. He is accused of being involved in the murder of a former junior national wrestler who died earlier this month. In his bail he has claimed that the inquiry against him was unfair and that the charges were designed to harm his image.

According to Kumar's plea, the entire inquiry was undertaken with a "pre-determined and biased mindset." It also said that he was "innocent of all wrongdoing." The court was told that the alleged victims in the case “have criminal antecedents”, and when Kumar requested them to evacuate a property belonging to his wife, they "tried to falsely implicate" him.

“That unfounded, baseless, scurrilous and preposterous allegations have been made against the applicant maliciously with the only motive to humiliate and injure the reputation of the applicant,” the application read, adding that he “should not be compelled to face harassment, ignominy and disgrace at the instance of baseless and unfounded allegations.” Kumar's application further argued that he and his family were under a tremendous deal of financial and mental stress as a result of the applicant's false insinuation.

The hearing is anticipated to take place later in the day, according to a source. Kumar's bail appeal has come a day after Delhi Police announced a monetary reward of Rs 1 lakh for information and feedback on the renowned wrestler, who has been on the run since May 4 after his identity was connected to the death of wrestler Sagar Rana.

Kumar was served with a non-bailable warrant (NBW) on May 15. The Delhi Police issued a lookout notice for Kumar last week.

Kumar is an Indian Railways employee, assigned as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Chhattrasal Stadium, where the scene of the alleged incident that killed Rana happened.

by Ananya | Tue, May 18 - 01:56 PM

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