Up to date: December 31, 2017 1:59 pm
Two days after Sushil Kumar and 5 others had been booked for assault and legal intimidation for allegedly inciting a brawl in opposition to rival wrestler Praveen Rana on the Indira Gandhi stadium, the double Olympic medallist mentioned that he was able to face penalties if even one witness comes ahead to testify in opposition to him.
In an interview to Instances of India, Sushil mentioned, “If even one witness comes forward and says that I have harmed Praveen Rana after the bout as alleged by him, I am ready to face the law of the land… ready to face the consequences no matter how big my stature is. Hang me if I am guilty. I didn’t even meet him after the bout as I had gone to change my dress just for two minutes, and later I was inside the wrestling hall. So how could I hit him?”
“By lodging the FIR against me, Parveen is trying to divert my attention to other issues but wrestling. I am not perturbed by it. This is unacceptable on his part, as I wasn’t part of the scuffle. But I won’t stoop to his level. I have full faith in our police system. I don’t know who is instigating him. I had no knowledge that a scuffle had broken out between my alleged supporters and Parveen and his brother Naveen. I had no role to play, my conscience is clear. Those were not my supporters,” he added.
Sushil additionally felt that the wrestlers had been making an attempt to spoil his comeback by injuring him. “On Friday, it was everything but wrestling. I could sense that wrestlers were trying to bodily harm me by indulging in rough grappling. I felt they wanted to ruin my comeback. They wanted to create roadblocks in my successful return to wrestling by harming me. It was for everyone to see how Parveen bit me and hit me near my eyes. The left side of my eye had a cut, blood was coming out of my hand. Later, when Jitender fought with me, my knee got twisted badly. I got an MRI scan on that and I am literally limping at the moment. However, I am not casting aspersions on Jitender, he touched my feet after the bout and I blessed him. But, I am in pain at the moment.”
The case in opposition to Sushil was registered late Friday evening on the premise of a written grievance lodged by Rana and his brother Naveen. “They threatened to kill me if I go to the stadium for training. They asked me to stay away from wrestling and not be seen anywhere near the stadium,” Rana mentioned in his grievance.
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