Red fort violence case: Delhi court takes cognisance of chargesheet against Deep Sidhu

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajendra Singh Nagar summons all the accused through video conferencing on June 29

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 02:54 PM IST
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On January 26, protesting farmers clashed with police during the tractor rally against three farm laws and stormed into the Red Fort injuring scores of policemen | ANI Photo

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday took cognisance of the supplementary charge sheet filed against actor-activist Deep Sidhu and others in the Republic Day violence case.

Sidhu, who was accused of being the key conspirator of the violence, was arrested on February 9. The police had also accused him of fuelling the chaos at the Red fort.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gajendra Singh Nagar has summoned all the accused through video conferencing on June 29.

Production warrants have been issued against Maninder Singh and Khempreet Singh, who are still in judicial custody.

On January 26, protesting farmers clashed with police during the tractor rally against three farm laws and stormed into the Red Fort injuring scores of policemen.

The police had filed a supplementary charge sheet on June 17. The investigating officer pointed out names of the witnesses who were severely injured or from whom weapon was snatched, in the final report.

According to the Delhi Police's chargesheet, it has been stated that there was a "conspiracy to capture the Red Fort" and make it a "protest site" for the agitating farmers protesting against the three farm laws.

Moreover, it has also been stated that there was a well planned conspiracy to commit violence and that the occasion of Republic Day was chosen to tarnish the image of Central Government, both nationally and internationally.

The Delhi Police Crime Branch, which is tasked with the investigation, had filed a 3,224 page-long first charge sheet against Sidhu and 15 others on May 17, nearly four months after the violence.

Footages from various sources including video clips shot from drones, photographers, social media and CCTV cameras have been attached in the chargesheet to portray the alleged violence caused by the protestors.

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