By LE Desk
New Delhi, June 9, 2021: A Delhi court will pronounce order on June 9 on Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar’s application seeking special food and supplements in the prison where he lodged in connection with the alleged murder of a young wrestler.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Satvir Singh Lamba reserved the order yesterday after hearing the contentions of prosecution and defence at-length, news agency PTI reported.
Mr. Kumar, who is facing charges of murder, culpable homicide and kidnapping, is currently lodged in Delhi’s Mandoli Jail.
In the plea, Mr. Kumar’s counsels advocate Pradeep Rana, Kumar Vaibhaw and Satwik Misra stated that their client takes supplements like isolate whey protein, omega 3 capsules, jointment capsules, pre-workout C4 and hyde, multivitamin GNC, exercises bands etc.
The application added that denial of these basic requirements will have a huge implication on his career, as the special nutrition diet and supplements are extremely necessary for him to maintain his health and performance.
“The applicant’s career in wrestling directly depends upon his physical strength and physique without which it cannot sustain and to maintain the supplements are required,” the plea stated.
However, the jail authorities in their reply to the court have stated that Mr. Kumar’s medical condition does not require food supplements or an extra protein diet as an “additional diet”.
During the course of proceedings on June 8, Mr. Kumar’s counsel advocate Pradeep Rana told the court that Mr. Kumar was entitled to the supplement diet as he is an “unconvicted criminal prisoner”, reported PTI.
Advocate Rana further said that the special diet and supplements have been sought at Mr. Kumar’s personal expenses and not of the jail authorities.
He added that giving an extra protein diet does not tantamount to “special treatment but is rather required by the accused on account of future preparation as he is an active sportsman and world renowned wrestler”.
Meanwhile, other application seeking a separate cell in the jail was withdrawn by Mr. Kumar’s counsel after the jail authorities furnished report that he has already been provided one considering the security threat.
On June 2, the district court had sent Mr. Kumar to judicial custody for nine days. He was arrested on May 23, following which he was interrogated by the police for 10 days.
Mr. Kumar and his associates allegedly assaulted Sagar Dhankar and two of his friends Sonu Mahal and Amit Kumar at Chhatrasal Stadium on the intervening night of May 4 and 5 over a property dispute. The 23-year-old succumbed to the injuries later.
Police has called Mr. Kumar the “main culprit and mastermind” of the murder and said that there is electronic evidence wherein he and his associates could be seen beating the 23-year-old with sticks.