New Delhi, Apr 1 (ILNS): A Delhi Court today adjourned the hearing on the bail petition of Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu to January 8. Sidhu is accused for inciting violence on January 26 during the farmers rally at Lal Quila in New Delhi.
The bail application was filed on Tuesday by Sidhu’s Lawyer Abhishek Gupta before Additional Sessions Judge Deepak Dabas who after the jurisdictional issue arose transferred the matter back to the District and Sessions Judge to decide who will hear the matter. Court noted that all the related matters have been heard by another judge.
Investigation Officer(IO) from the Delhi Police Crime Branch told the court that seven co-accused persons have been granted bail by Additional Session Judge Charu Aggarwal.
The matter was yesterday sent to ASJ Charu Aggarwal, however, since a new roster comes into play from April 1, the matter got transferred to ASJ Neelofer Abida Perveen.
Since ASJ Perveen was on leave today, the matter was heard by her link judge ASJ Satish Kumar today, who posted the matter to be heard on April 8.
Sidhu was arrested by the Delhi police special cell on February 9 and was sent to seven-day police custody on the same day. An FIR was registered against Sidhu by the Crime Branch (Central Delhi) of the Delhi Police in connection with the violence that broke out at Red Fort on Republic Day under the Arms Act, 1959 and sec. 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984. He has been accused of instigating violence as being the alleged “main instigator” in the case.
Sidhu’s lawyer Abhishek Gupta and Jasdeep Dhillon argued that Sidhu being a known face is made a scapegoat and is behind the bars for last 52 days for no reason.
It was further argued, “There was no violence on his urging. We have videos showing that he was helping the police and asking people to stop climbing the walls.”
“FIR says that people broke the gates and climbed the rampart at 12:30. He reached there after 2 pm,” he argued before the link judge Satish Kumar.
The link judge asked the police to file its reply before the next date of hearing.
The lawyer said that the media trial was going on. Deep Sandhu was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He also submitted that there are other orders by ASJ Charu Aggarwal, giving bails to other co-accused persons, which will prove that Sidhu’s role in the entire case was much lesser.
The Delhi police,however, said that Sidhu is the prime accused as he hoisted the flag at Red fort on January 26 along with others.
The Delhi police alleged that the protestors did not follow the per-arranged route on Republic Day 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.
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. ILNS/ANB/SNG