NEW DELHI: An accused in the Chhatrasal Stadium brawl case involving Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has moved a Delhi court seeking the proceedings to be expedited in the “interest of justice”. Accused Anirudh Dahiya moved the plea for advancing the hearing as the matter which was slated to be heard Friday, August 20, 2021, by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Satvir Singh Lamba got adjourned to October due to the Muharram holiday.
“No fruitful purpose would be served if the matter is adjourned for October 9 as the accused seek to expedite the proceeding,” the plea said seeking it to be advanced in the interest of justice. The application, filed by advocate Pradeep Rana on Dahiya’s behalf on August 17, is listed for hearing on August 24.
Besides Dahiya, Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar and 11 others are accused in the case. Kumar and others had allegedly assaulted former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Dhankar and his friends at the stadium on the intervening night of May 4 and 5 over an alleged property dispute. Sagar succumbed to the injuries later.
On August 3, the Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the murder case. The judge took its cognisance on August 6. The police said that the brawl at the stadium was the result of a conspiracy hatched by Kumar.