Murder accused India’s Olympics hero Sushil Kumar ‘requests protein shakes in jail’

 Murder accused India’s Olympics hero Sushil Kumar ‘requests protein shakes in jail’
The demands were made citing his ‘future preparation’

India’s two times Olympics medallist, Sushil Kumar, who was arrested on murder charges, has requested protein supplements, exercise bands and a special diet in prison to help his preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The wrestler’s lawyers approached a Delhi court and the matter was heard on Tuesday. The plea stated Mr Kumar’s “career in wrestling directly depends upon” his requests.

The country’s one of the best sportsmen was arrested by Delhi police on 23 May on the charges of murder, culpable homicide and kidnapping of a junior wrestler Sagar Dhankar. He was on the run for three weeks before being arrested.

The police found video evidence of the assault in which Mr Kumar and his associates were allegedly seen thrashing the 23-years-old victim. The victim, Dhankar, passed away at the hospital while receiving treatment to his fatal injuries.

In his plea, Mr Kumar requested supplements including protein, omega 3 capsules, joint capsules, pre-workout C4 and hyde, multivitamin GNC, exercises bands and other things, according to The Hindu.

The plea by the wrestler said the special diet would be at his personal expense.

It said the diet is necessary for Mr Kumar’s “future preparation as he is an active sportsman and world renowned wrestler” and does not amount to “special treatment.”

But the jail authorities said in their reply that Mr Kumar does not need an “additional diet.”

A meal in jail in India includes five wheat chapatis (Indian bread), two vegetables, dal and rice. They are also allowed to buy additional food from prison canteen.

The 37-year-old wrestler is the the only Indian to have won two individual Olympic medals in an individual event. He was also the only Indian to win a world wrestling championship.

India’s gold medalist Sushil Kumar poses during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Freestyle 74 kg during the Wrestling on day eight of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

He is now in judicial custody for 9 days in Delhi’s Mandoli jail, having spent 10 days in police remand.

The court is expected to decide on his petition on Wednesday.

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