Sushil Kumar suspended, taken to crime scene

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, May 25

Wrestler Sushil Kumar’s employers, Northern Railways, have suspended him following his arrest over his alleged involvement in a murder case.

Sushil, employed as a senior commercial manager with Northern Railways, has been on deputation with the Delhi Government as an Officer on Special Duty since 2015. He was arrested by Delhi Police’s special cell alongside co-accused Ajay on Sunday from Mundka in west Delhi.

A Northern Railways statement, noting that Sushil Kumar had been arrested over a “criminal offence”, said: “Now, therefore Shri Sushil Kumar… is deemed to have been suspended with effect from the date of detention i.e. 23rd May, 2021 in terms of Rule 5 (2) of (D&A) Rules, 1968 and shall remain under suspension until further orders.”

Routine suspension

A senior official said that is a common practice in matters involving a government employee. “I know it is Sushil and that’s why there is too much interest in the case but in fact DOPT (Department of Personnel and Training ) rules stipulate suspension if any of us get entangled in criminal matters,” the officer said on the condition of anonymity. “If he is convicted he will be served with a termination notice. If not, he will be reinstated,” he added.

Taken to Chhatrasal

Meanwhile, Delhi Police’s crime branch officials took Sushil Kumar to the Chhatrasal Stadium to recreate the crime scene at the spot where a physical fight between Sushil and his supporters and another group led to the death of wrestler Sagar Dhankar.

The champion wrestler was taken to the stadium amidst heavy police bandobast to piece together the sequence of events on the night of May 4.

Dhankar, who was 23, and two of his friends — including a known criminal, Sonu Mahal — were hospitalised after Sushil and his friends allegedly roughed them up over a property dispute. The apartment over which the dispute took place is registered in the name of Sushil’s wife, Savi Solanki.

Dhankar succumbed to his injuries on May 5, after which a case under various CrPc sections — including Section 302 (murder) and Section 307 (attempt to murder) — was registered against Sushil and a few others.

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