Kumar, who received medals for India in 2012 and 2016, had been on the run since he was named within the homicide of a fellow wrestler.
Two-time Olympic wrestling medallist Sushil Kumar, wished in reference to the homicide of a former junior nationwide wrestling champion, has been arrested by the Delhi Police within the Indian capital New Delhi.
The 37-year-old had been on the run since 23-year-old Sagar Dhankhar was crushed to dying on Might 4.
A Delhi courtroom on Tuesday rejected a bid by his legal professionals to forestall his arrest and Kumar was offered earlier than a metropolis courtroom on Sunday, the police stated.
Kumar, who had additionally received a world title and Commonwealth Video games golds, was current when former junior nationwide champion Dhankad was crushed to dying at New Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium in a conflict between rival wrestlers, in accordance with the police.
Police had carried out raids within the Delhi area and supplied a $1,350 reward resulting in the seize of Kumar, who received a freestyle wrestling silver medal on the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze on the Beijing Video games 4 years earlier.
“Now we have recorded statements of all of the victims and so they all made allegations towards Sushil Kumar,” senior police officer Guriqbal Singh Sidhu advised Indian media on Tuesday.
#DelhiPolice Particular Cell nabbed absconding homicide accused wrestler Sushil Kumar and Ajay@Sunil from Mundka, Delhi early at present wished in a case of PS Mannequin City whereby they murdered one other wrestler. Carried rewards of ₹1L & ₹50K. Being produced in Court docket.#NoWrestlingWithLaw pic.twitter.com/fi6uZzgb0X
— #DilKiPolice Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) May 23, 2021
Kumar’s legal professionals went to courtroom Tuesday to hunt anticipatory bail within the case however it was refused due to the gravity of the allegations.
Dhankad, son of a Delhi police officer, died from his accidents the day after the combat. One other wrestler is beneath remedy and has recognized the alleged attackers, police stated.
Simply weeks from the scheduled begin of the Tokyo Olympics, the Wrestling Federation of India stated the game’s fame has been tarnished by the case.
“I have to say that the picture of Indian wrestling has been damage badly by this,” WFI secretary Vinod Tomar advised reporters.
Tomar stated wrestling had been battling to enhance its picture to battle the thought of “wrestlers … recognized solely as a bunch of goons”.
The case is the second scandal to hit Indian wrestling in months.
A coach, Sukhwinder Mor, is awaiting trial for the homicide of 5 individuals, together with a rival coach, in February.
Kumar was the primary Indian to win two particular person Olympic medals and in addition the primary in additional than 5 many years to get a wrestling medal.
His success impressed a technology of Indian wrestlers, together with Yogeshwar Dutt and the Phogat sisters.
Whereas nonetheless energetic within the sport, Kumar had not certified for the Tokyo Video games the place India had hopes of successful 4 medals.