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January 26 violence: Delhi Court calls for transcripts of speeches of Deep Sidhu at Red Fort

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New Delhi, Apr 8 (ILNS) A Delhi Court today called for the transcripts of the speeches given by Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu at the Red Fort during the Farmers Tractor Rally on January 26, 2021, where the violence broke out.

Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Neelofer Abida Perveen placed the matter for further hearing on April 12. While the matter was being heard, the Public Prosecutor told the court that the attack on policemen during the 26 January violence began after Sidhu reached Red Fort.

“Sidhu went on a rampage and instigated people. Then, he did the sloganeering there. At around 1354 hrs, he came there. Total 144 police officials sustained grievous injuries, as some protestors tried to crush them under the wheel of tractor. Many policemen were also hit with sword. Attack on policemen began after he reached there,” the Public Prosecutor told the court.

It was further argued that Sidhu also instigated people to hoist flag on the top of the Red Fort. “Red Fort wasn’t even a part of the route or the protest. It’s a highly secured zone. This was only an attempt to defame India. Only the President of India can hoist a flag there,” he argued. “Fundamental rights doesn’t mean you harm the police officials. Do the policemen don’t have any fundamental rights?”, the PP submitted.

Appearing for Deep Sidhu, Advocate Abhishek Gupta argued before the court that the only allegation against the petitioner was that he posted a video from the Red Fort on the social media and that’s how they have kicked in his name.

“I posted that video, where people are holding a flag, which is hoisted on every Gurudwara and also the national flag. Slogans are there, these slogans including ‘Jo Bole So Nihal’ are spiritual. In fact, they are also used by the Indian Army. There is no crime in raising these slogans,” Gupta argued.

It was also submitted by Sidhu’s lawyers that no act of violence was committed by the lawyer-turned-actor. “I have not indulged in a single act of violence. I left even before violence erupted. I left at around 1440 hrs, even before violence started,” he argued.

“The petitioner came much later, he was resting at a resort in Murthal and left from there at around 1215 hrs. CCTV Footage, Checkout Bill and payment details show that he left after 1215 hrs. They (Police) have verified all the facts, including his phone location,” Gupta submitted.

Sidhu was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on February 9 for his alleged involvement in the January 26 violence in the national capital, after which 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 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 Sections 147, 148, 149, 152, 186, 353, 332, 307, 308, 395, 397, 427 and 188 of IPC, read with Sections 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, 1959 and Section 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/SNG/RJ

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