On July 19, Wednesday, the former two-time Olympic medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar has been granted one week’s interim bail by the Additional Sessions Judge named Sushil Kumar of a Delhi Court to get knee surgery. The 40-year-old is currently facing a trial, pertaining to the murder case of junior wrestler Sagar Dhankar, along with multiple other accused in the aforementioned court in the nation’s capital.
The Olympian was accused of assaulting Sagar Dhankar, a former junior national champion in wrestling, with multiple people on the scene at the Chhatrasal Stadium in Delhi on May 4, 2021, over a property dispute. After the junior wrestler succumbed to his injuries, he was arrested by Delhi Police on May 23, and he was put under judicial custody from June 2 of that year.
Sushil Kumar and the other accused were charged with the murder of Sagar Dhankar by Additional Sessions Judge Shivaji Anand on October 13, 2022. He also charged them with kidnapping, voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery, wrongful restraint, robbery, robbery or dacoity with an attempt to cause death or grievous hurt, and criminal intimidation.
Notably, on July 19, 2023, ANI, one of the leading multimedia news agencies, tweeted out the latest about Sushil Kumar’s matter pertaining to his bail plea. It read, “A Delhi Court grants one week's interim bail to wrestler Sushil Kumar for knee surgery. Sushil Kumar, along with other accused persons, is facing trial in junior wrestler Sagar Dhankar murder case.”
Sushil Kumar had sought interim bail for 45 days on medical grounds recently
The advocate of wrestler Sushil Kumar, named Sahil Malik, had submitted the interim bail application to a Delhi Court on behalf of his client recently. In the application, it was stated that the 40-year-old had suffered from a tear in an anteromedial bundle of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in 2016, and he is getting clinical treatment for the same since then. On April 4, 2023, he was advised to undergo surgery on the knee, but it was postponed due to the death of the wrestler’s father at that time.