The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Police to provide protection to the witness in the Chhatrasal murder case under the Witness Protection Scheme. Famous wrestler Sushil Kumar and his associate, Ajay Kumar are accused of assaulting and murder of former Junior Wrestling Champion Sagar Rana.
A single judge bench comprising of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait directed as, “I hereby make it clear that if the petitioner gives some address of Delhi, Delhi Police is directed to provide protection till his application under the Witness Protection Scheme is decided by the competent authority."
Apparently, the Court was dealing with a petition filed by one of the witnesses seeking protection under Witness Protection Scheme for himself and his family in connection with case.
The Delhi Police has registered a FIR under sec. 302 (punishment for murder) and sec. 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 365, 325, 323, 341,506, 188, 269, 34 and 120B of IPC along with sec. 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.
Sagar and his friends, who were training at the Chhatrasal stadium, reportedly were assaulted by wrestler Sushil Kumar and his associate. While his friends got deeply injured, Sagar succumbed to death.
The court directed the state to take appropriate steps for the protection of witnesses while disposing the plea and said, “At this stage, without going into the controversy, I hereby direct the respondent/State to take steps under the Witness Protection Scheme 2018 within one week from today before the competent authority and competent authority is directed to decide the same within one week thereafter.”
On Wednesday, June 02, 2021, the duo (Sushil Kumar and Ajay Kumar) was sent to judicial custody.