Court sent Deep Sidhu into judicial custody for 14 days

A Delhi court today sent Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu, the prime accused in the Republic Day violence case, to 14 days judicial custody. Earlier, the court sent Deep Sidhu twice for 7-7 days police remand. The police arrested him from Karnal on 9 February.

Sidhu was produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Samarjit Kaur after the expiry of his seven-day police custody in the case. He was produced before a magistrate in Tihar Jail, where he is currently lodged. The court sent Sidhu to seven days police custody on February 9. The police allege that he is one of the main perpetrators of the violence at the Red Fort. His detention period was extended for seven more days on 16 February.

Police had said that there are videos in which Sidhu can be seen allegedly at the scene. Police had alleged that he was instigating the mob. He was one of the main rioters. Several social media accounts need to be investigated to identify co-conspirators. Though his permanent address has been given in Nagpur, it needs to be visited at many places in Punjab and Haryana to reveal more details.

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According to the police, he can be seen coming out with a man hoisting the flag and congratulating him. He came out and made a speech in a loud voice and provoked the crowd present there. He was among the main instigators. He provoked the mob, which led to violence. Many policemen were injured in the violence.

Sidhu’s lawyer, however, claimed that he had nothing to do with the violence and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sidhu was arrested on various charges under the Indian Penal Code including rioting (147 and 148), unlawful assembly (149), attempted murder, criminal conspiracy (120-B), assault on a public servant or in his work. Obstructing (152), robbery (395), non-intentional manslaughter (308) and violation of command issued by public servant (188).

He has also been arrested under the Arms Act, the Act to Prevent Damage to Public Property, as well as the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act. The police had also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for providing information helpful in Sidhu’s arrest.

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