The wrestler and two-time Olympic medalist for India, Sushil Kumar, has been released on bail. Sushil was arrested in connection with the murder case of former junior wrestler Sagar Dhankar, who was a national wrestling champion. Sushil Kumar’s counsel Pradeep Rana told IANS that his client has been given provisional bail to care for his ailing wife.
“Savi, his wife, is ill. He wanted to meet her at this crucial time. The court heard the case and granted provisional bail,” Rana said.
“Mrs Savi will have surgery on Monday. He will be allowed to meet his wife until November 12,” he added.
The plea was “purely on medical and humanitarian grounds”.
The plea was that his wife had long suffered from severe low back pain. The plea went on to say that her low back pain was also beginning to affect the lower extremities and that she was unable to walk properly without support. She slipped in the washroom and got a shock to her spine. She is due to undergo surgery on November 7 at Acharya Shree Bhikshu Government Hospital.
However, Delhi police had resisted the bail request, saying the crime was horrific in nature and linked to a murder case.
Police claimed that Savi lived with her parents and that other members of her family are caring for her.
“There is every possibility that Sushil Kumar influences and threatens the witnesses. He can waive the bail if it is granted to him,” the police said.
The court, after hearing both sides, said: “Given the medical condition of the applicant’s wife and also the fact that there are two minor children, this court considers that the presence of the accused will be required, he is ordered to be released on provisional bail until November 12.”
The court has also asked him to provide a personal bail of Rs 1 lakh with two sureties of the same amount. Two security guards would watch him around the clock. Sushil Kumar was placed in Tihar prison. He is suspected of murder. Police have so far arrested 18 people in connection with the case. Two charges have been filed against Sushil Kumar and others by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police. The case is currently pending in the Rohini Court. (with IANS inputs)