Olympic Wrestler, Sushil Kumar, was being sent to a nine days judicial custody by a Delhi court on wednesday as the plea filed by the Delhi police for the extension of his police custody was rejected.
After the expiry of the four days police remand, this order was passed by the metropolitan magistrate, Rashmi Gupta of Rohini Courts.
The Court denied the plea filed by the police on the ground that he has already spent ten days in police custody and there is no such ground seems to appear for extending his judicial custody.
It was being contended by the Addition Public Prosecutor, Raghav Khurana, that the further custody of Kumar is required to investigate properly about the recovery of the mobile phone and the clothes that he was wearing when he committed the crime. He also added that the police the trying it’s level best to fast forward the investigation but a grave offence has taken place which requires a proper and full-fledged investigation.
While passing the order the Court observed,
“Remand should only be granted when the situation so warrants it and it is justified. It should be granted only when the situation so warrants and it is justified. ”
Per contra, the counsel for Sushil Kumar, advocate Pradeep Rana argued that the investigating agency was simply dragging the investigation to save face with the media and public at large as well as to win accolades from high-ranking officials.
“This is a matter of his personal liberty. He is not a dreaded criminal; in fact, he is not a criminal at all. He has brought pride to the country and is a victim of the circumstances.”
Rana contended that no ground was made out in the application for further police custody.
“They have not detailed any new grounds in the application. As per law, a special reason shall be made out in in the application and must be reflected in the case diary. Is 10 days not enough time to recover crucial evidence?” he said.
Rana also accused the police for wasting the crucial time of the judiciary and violating the Fundamental Rights of the accused.