ILNS: A Delhi court on Monday sent Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu to 14-day judicial custody in a case relating to the Republic Day violence at the Red Fort, which took place after the farmers’ tractor rally on January 26 this year.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajendra Nagar sent Sidhu to 14-day judicial custody, after he was produced before the court through video-conferencing.
The court also sought response from the police over the bail application filed by Sidhu through his counsels Abhishek Gupta and Jasdeep Dhillon and slated the matter for further hearing on April 26. Earlier, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had reserved his order on the Delhi Police’s custody plea.
During today’s hearing, the CMM asked, “Why do you want his custody?” The Investigating Officer replied, “We want to identify the other conspirators, who were with him. We also want to question him over his videos with Jugraj Singh, the man who hoisted the flag on Republic Day.”
Advocate Abhishek Gupta, appearing for Sidhu, took the court through the facts of the case and the bail order and said that even one-day incarceration “would now be violative of his fundamental rights”.
The court pointed out that Sidhu has already got bail in another case – as of FIR 96/2021 – and this is a different case. To this advocate Gupta said, “The allegations in both the cases are identical. They are playing fraud with the criminal jurisprudence; they want to negate the order of bail. If they say that both the FIRs are same, why didn’t they approach the High Court for quashing of one of the FIR?”