Published on: August 12, 2021, at 14:15 IST
A Delhi court has ordered the Police to submit videos in which Social Activist Lakha Sidhana, who is suspected in the Republic Day violence at the Red Fort following the farmers’ rally, allegedly instigated protestors to deviate from the agreed route on the day.
Additional Sessions Judge Gagandeep Singh asked the investigating officer to submit the video footage on which their investigation was based. It also asked an update on the status of the other accused listed as instigators.
The interim protection granted to Sidhana will be extended till August 23.
The accused’s attorney told the Court that Sidhana had asked the protestors to remain peaceful while exercising their right to protest. They added that Sidhana had a strong social media following and that he had never incited protestors to get violent in any of the briefings.
The Additional Public Prosecutor, GS Guraya, argued that Sidhana had not cooperated with the investigation and his custodial interrogation was required.
The Prosecutor argued, “One day prior to the incident, the applicant overpowered the stage of Samyukt Kisan Morcha and instigated peaceful protesters to deviate from the agreed route on Republic Day. As a result, several protesters broke through the barricades at Ring Road and engaged in violence, injuring many Police officers severely.”