Punjabi actor-activist Deep Sidhu withstands his four-day police custody in a second FIR related to the violence that happened on January 26 at National capital stating that the Delhi Police was “acting like emperors” and “are playing fraud with the criminal process”. The submissions were made by Sidhu’s advocate Abhishek Gupta who has also defied the four-day police remand of the actor in connection with a second FIR over the charge of damaging the monument.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajender Singh Nagar will announce the judgement at 4 pm on Monday. Now, Sidhu’s bail application will be heard on April 23.
Earlier, court on Saturday had granted bail to Sidhu who was arrested in connection with the violence at Red Fort on Republic Day. However, hours later, he was arrested again in connection with the FIR which had been lodged by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) over the January 26 destruction at Red Fort.
During the hearing on Monday, Gupta opposed the police remand and told the court that “the allegations in both FIRs are identical”.
Defending Deep, he said, ““This arrest is illegal, it is malafide. They want to negate the order of the bail. Today they are seeking police remand. This is a grave upfront to the rights of the individual. Why did they not arrest me all this while? Why? Why only on Saturday when the bail was pronounced…they are acting like emperors. We are acting on rule of law. Departmental action should be taken against such officers.” Also Read: Deep Sidhu Arrested Again Hours After Receiving Bail From The Court
During the hearing, Sidhu also addressed the court directly and said “I was in the same office... this team also investigated during remand. I will cooperate fully. If I am taken out, I’ll be put in quarantine…my mobile location, CDR, everything they have. They can have whatever number of hours with me in judicial custody".
When the court asked the prosecutor why did the police arrest Sidhu after the bail order, he told the court, “this is the prerogative of the investigative agency.” The court said, “Don’t you think this is weird that you had to arrest him after bail?”