Actor-activist Deep Sidhu granted bail for Republic Day Red Fort violence

Delhi court has granted bail to Deep Sidhu in a case filed by the Archaeological Survey of India alleging damage to the Red Fort
Deep Sidhu
Deep Sidhu

A Delhi Court has granted bail to Deep Sidhu who was arrested in connection with the Red Fort violence on Republic Day. The case was registered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) alleging damage to public property during the farmers' tractor parade violence on Republic Day at Red Fort.

The order pronounced by Sahil Gupta, Reliever Metropolitan Magistrate, Tis Hazari Courts reads, "The accused has already been interrogated in PC for 14 days and has been in custody for about 70 days when he has been granted regular bail by Ld. ASJ on similar facts. Any further restraint upon his liberty would be neither logical nor legal. Hence, applicant/accused Sandeep Singh Sidhu @ Deep Sidhu is admitted to bail in case FIR No. 98/2021.."

There were two FIRs that have been registered against actor and activist Sidhu in connection with the violence on Republic Day. In the first FIR, he was granted bail by a sessions court and hours later he was arrested by the Crime Branch in connection with the second FIR.

Granting bail in the first case, the Delhi court had then noted that the accused won't be able to interfere with the evidence, as these are mostly video recordings posted on social media. The bail was granted by special judge Neelofer Abida Perveen on a personal bond of ₹30,000 and two sureties of a like amount.

In the current bail order, the court said that Sidhu's "further incarceration in the present case would bear no fruit and therefore would be unjustified." Sidhu was granted bail on a personal bond of Rs. 25,000 with one surety of like amount by the court.

On January 26, thousands of protesting farmers who reached Delhi from the Ghazipur border clashed with police, the agency claimed in its FIR registered in connection with the Red Fort violence, adding that many of them who were driving tractors reached the Red Fort and entered the monument, where a religious flag was also hoisted.

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