Kumar, who won medals for India in 2012 and 2016, has been running since he was nominated for being killed by a murder wrestler.
The two-time Olympic wrestling gold medalist Sushil Kumar was wanted for the murder of a former national wrestling champion. Arrested Held by the Delhi Police in New Delhi, the capital of India.
The 37-year-old man has been on the run since the 23-year-old Sagar Dhankhar was beaten to death on May 4.
Police said the court in Delhi on Tuesday rejected his lawyer’s bid to prevent him from being arrested, while Kumar was presented in the city court on Sunday.
According to police, Kumar also won a world championship and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games when he defeated former wrestling champion Dhankad at the Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi and was killed by his opponent.
The police conducted a raid in the Delhi area and offered a reward of $1,350, leading to the arrest of Kumar. Kumar won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 2012 London Olympics four years ago and a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Senior police officer Guriqbal Singh Sidhu told the Indian media on Tuesday: “We have recorded the statements of all the victims and they have all brought charges against Sushil Kumar. “
#DelhiPolice Special Cell arrested the murder charge of absconding. Wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Ajay @ Sunil from Mundka, Delhi were arrested in the PS Model Town case earlier today. They murdered another wrestler. Carry the rewards of ₹1L and ₹50K. It is being produced in court.#NoWrestlingWithLaw pic.twitter.com/fi6uZzgb0X
-#DilKiPolice Delhi Police (DelhiPolice) May 23, 2021
Kumar’s lawyer filed a lawsuit in court on Tuesday, demanding pre-bail release, but was refused due to the seriousness of the allegations.
Dhankad, the son of the Delhi police, died of injuries the day after the battle. The police said that another wrestler was being treated and the suspected assailant had been identified.
Only a few weeks from the original Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Wrestling Federation stated that the reputation of the case was damaged.
WFI Secretary Vinod Tomar told reporters: “I must say that the image of Indian wrestling has been seriously damaged.”
Tomar said that wrestling has been trying to improve its image to counter the idea that “wrestlers…are just a bunch of fools.”
This case is the second wrestling scandal in India in months.
Coach Sukhwinder Mor is awaiting trial for the murder of five people in February, including a hostile coach.
Kumar was the first Indian to win two Olympic medals and the first Indian to win a wrestling medal in fifty years.
His success inspired a generation of Indian wrestlers, including Yogeshwar Dutt and Phogat sisters.
Although Kumar is still active in the sport, he is not eligible to participate in the Tokyo Olympics where India hopes to win four medals.