Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu, accused of violence in the national capital on Republic Day, has been granted bail.
Deep Sidhu was arrested on February 9 from Karnal in Haryana, after chaos were created at the iconic Red Fort and other parts of Delhi. Delhi Police Special Cell had promised a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone to inform about his whereabouts. He was accused by the farmer leaders of trying to inhibit their protests against the three farm laws and instigate them.
The actor was granted bail by a Delhi court on the condition of signing a personal bond with two guarantors of Rs. 30,000 each and was asked to submit his passport and cooperate with the investigating officers thereby.
The public prosecutor representing the Delhi Police claimed that Sidhu’s intention behind the participation was to create violence and disregard the national flag and that he was the main instigator of the farmer’s rally unlawful act.
Sidhu was accused of promoting chaos and clashes as protestors went rogue on Republic day and went out of the agreed routes and schedules, marching towards Red Fort. Police had to use tear gas and lathi charges to regain the lost control over the situation.
Sidhu’s counsel told the court last week that there was no evidence of him mobilizing the crowd to Red Fort for the protest call. Also, that his mere presence did not make him accused of the act, and that he was an honest citizen who was exercising his fundamental right of the protest.
However, the public prosecutor’s lawyer opposed the bail and claimed that if Sidhu is released, he would destroy the shreds of evidence similar to the way he had destroyed two phones before being detained.
Disordered scenes were seen at the Red Fort in Delhi during the farmer’s tractor march as certain reprobates conflicted with the police. Shortly after the violence, Sidhu had posted videos on Facebook defending himself while being hunted by the Delhi Police crime branch.