Deep Sidhu and 15 others were handed further summons by Delhi High Court in connection with the Red Fort violence case. On July 12, all of the accused will be brought before the Court.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Gajender Singh Nagar ordered thus:
“Issue fresh summons to accused persons as the earlier summons were not received yet.”
The development came just after Court took cognizance of the Delhi Police’s charge sheet against Deep Sidhu and 15 others, ordering all of the defendants to appear before a judge on June 29 through video conferencing.
The Court had previously stated that cognizance is taken under various sections, except for the Arms Act, Epidemics Act, and the Disaster Management Act.
On May 17, the Special Investigation Team of the Delhi Police filed a charge sheet in connection with the Red Fort Violence case before the Magistrate in Tis Hazari Court, totalling nearly 3000 pages. Deep Sidhu, an actor turned activist, and 15 others were named in the charge sheet.
They were charged under sections 147, 148, 149, 152, 186, 269, 279, 353, 332, 307, 308, 395, 427, 188, 452, 333, 201, 120B, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code; sections 25, 27, 54, and 59 of the Arms Act; sections 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act; sections 30 of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act; Sec 3 of Epidemic Diseases Act and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act.
According to the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police, there was a “conspiracy to capture the Red Fort” and turn it into a “protest site” for farmers protesting the three farm laws.
Furthermore, it has been claimed that there was a well-planned conspiracy to conduct violence and that Republic Day was chosen as the occasion to ruin the image of the Central Government both domestically and internationally.