Actor-activist Deep Sidhu, arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the violence at the Red Fort during farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day, has been granted bail by a Delhi court. Deep Sidhu was arrested in February from Karnal in Haryana by the Delhi Police Special Cell days after a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to his arrest was announced.
A Delhi court had on Monday reserved its order on the bail application of Deep Sidhu after the two sides, the actor activist's counsel and the public prosecutor representing the Delhi police, argued over his role in the violence at the Red Fort on January 26 during the protesting farmers' tractor rally.
Deep Sidhu's counsel told the court that mere presence did not make him part of an unlawful assembly and that he was an honest citizen who was part of a protest. The public prosecutor, however, claimed that Deep Sidhu participated in the protest with the intention to create violence and that he was the main instigator of unlawful assembly.
The prosecutor opposed the bail application, claiming that if released, Deep Sidhu would destroy the evidence as he destroyed two phones before he was apprehended.
Chaotic scenes were witnessed at the Red Fort in Delhi during the farmers' tractor parade as some miscreants clashed with the police. As violent scenes were being reported from several parts of Delhi, many protesters reached the Red Fort and entered the monument.
Some protesters even hoisted religious flags on its domes and a flagstaff at the ramparts, where the national flag is unfurled by the prime minister on Independence Day.