Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu. [File photo/ANI]
Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu. [File photo/ANI]

Deep Sidhu appears before Delhi Court in Red Fort violence case

ANI | Updated: Jul 12, 2021 12:14 IST

New Delhi [India], July 12 (ANI): Deep Sidhu and others accused appeared via video conferencing before the Delhi Court on Monday in connection with the Red Fort violence case on Republic Day.
Deep Sidhu and other accused appeared before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajender Singh Nagar.
One accused Mohinder Singh Khalsa did not appear before the court due to medical conditions. Khalsa moved an application through advocate Vir Sandhu, seeking exemption from personal appearance due to medical conditions, which was allowed by the court.
The court directed Delhi Police to provide chargesheet to all accused persons and listed the matter for July 22 as the next date of hearing.
On June 29, the Court issued fresh summons to Deep Sidhu and others in connection with a case relating to violence at Red Fort on Republic Day against Deep Sidhu and others for appearing before it on July 12.
The Court had issued fresh summons to Sidhu and other accused when it was apprised by the counsel that the summons were not served to them.
On June 19, after taking cognisance of the chargesheet, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajender Singh Nagar had issued summons to Deep Sidhu and others asking them to appear before him via video conference on June 29.
The Court has said that it is taking cognisance of the chargesheet relating to various sections of the Indian Penal Code, except those sections whose sanction is still awaited.
Sanction under the Epidemic Diseases Act, and the Disaster Management Act is still awaited from concerned authorities.
The chargesheet has named Deep Sidhu and others as accused in the case.
The first chargesheet was filed before a magistrate in Tis Hazari Court on May 17.
Police have named various persons including Deep Sidhu, Iqbal Singh, Maninder Moni and Khempreet as accused in the case.
Delhi Police has registered a case under various charges dealing with sedition, rioting, violence, attempt to murder and dacoity. Later the case was later transferred to the crime branch of Delhi Police.
The chargesheet runs around 3000 pages. Names of some farmer leaders are also mentioned in the chargesheet.
Deep Sidhu, who was arrested in this case was later released on bail.
Delhi Police has alleged that he allegedly instigated the mob not to follow the permitted route of the Kisan parade and to breach barricades with tractors on January 26.
Delhi Police had told the Court that there was video evidence to show that Sidhu entered Red Fort with supporters carrying lathis and flags. Delhi Police also told the court that he was at the rampart of the fort where a flag was raised.
On Republic Day, protestors did not follow the prearranged route and broke barricades to enter Delhi, clashed with police, and vandalised property in several parts of the national capital during the farmers' tractor rally. They also entered the Red Fort and unfurled their flags from its ramparts.
A total of 43 different cases were registered with the crime branch, special cell and local police and over 150 persons were arrested in connection with various cases relating to Republic Day violence
Farmers have been protesting at the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)