Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu, accused in the violence at the Red Fort complex in Delhi on Republic Day during a farmers' tractor rally, was arrested again today hours after he was granted bail by a Delhi court. He was arrested as soon as he stepped out of Tihar jail by the Delhi Police's Crime Branch on the basis of a case filed by the Archaeology Department. As the Red Fort is maintained by the ASI, it filed a separate complaint against Deep Sidhu detailing how the mob broke open the walls, caused damage and ransacked the fort complex office.
A Delhi court today granted him bail on conditions of signing a "personal bond with two sureties of ₹ 30,000 each". He was also been asked to submit his passport and "cooperate" with investigating officers. The Delhi Court, while granting him bail, said: "While it is beyond the realm of dispute that dissent and dialogue is fundamental to democracy where the absolute power vests in the people exercised by the people through its elected representatives and that the Constitution of India guarantees the right to protest, the present FIR (First Information Report) however is not impinging upon his fundamental Right to Protest in any manner." Also Read: Deep Sidhu Granted Bail By the Delhi Court In Red Fort Violence Case
The 36-year-old was arrested on February 9 from Haryana's Karnal, about 100 km from Delhi, days after scenes of chaos unfolded at the iconic Red Fort and other parts of the national capital, triggering nationwide shock. He was accused by farmer leaders of trying to derail their protest against three controversial farm laws.