New Delhi, Mar 31 (ILNS) A Delhi Court today transferred the bail application filed by Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu, accused in the January 26 violence case, after the jurisdictional issue cropped up, as the matter came up for hearing.
Additional Sessions Judge Deepak Dabas transferred the matter to the District and Sessions Judge (Headquarters), to decide who will hear the matter.
While noting that the bail applications of the co-accused have been heard by other courts, Judge Dabas said, “The said bail application be listed before the same court to avoid confusion. The matter shall be listed today at 2 pm before the District and Sessions Judge (HQ) for further directions.”
The court also asked the Delhi Police to respond to the bail application filed by Sidhu at the earliest. ILNS/SNG/RJ
This was after the Investigation Officer from the Crime Branch apprised the court that seven co-accused persons have been granted bail by Charu Aggarwal ASJ
Appearing for Sidhu, Advocate Abhishek Gupta told the court that his client was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
“This is a media trial going on. If I tell you the facts, you will be shocked,” he said.
Gupta 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 “lesser”.
“We have earlier moved an application under sec. 156(3) of CrPC before other Magistrate. There is a benefit to your lordships that orders as regards to other accused show that my role is lesser.” Gupta submitted.
Sidhu was arrested by the Delhi police special cell on February 9 for his alleged involvement in 26 January violence in the national capital after which was he was sent to seven-day police custody the same day.
Currently he is undergoing judicial custody in the matter.
An FIR was registered against Deep 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 sec. 147, 148, 149, 152, 186, 353, 332, 307, 308, 395, 397, 427 and 188 of the IPC read with sec. 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, 1959 and sec. 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984. Sidhu has been accused of instigating violence as being the alleged “main instigator” in the case. ILNS/ANB