Actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu, accused of inciting violence through the tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day, instructed a Delhi courtroom on Thursday he didn’t incite the group at Red Fort that led to the hoisting of a spiritual flag on the historic monument and that he was merely exercising his “fundamental right” to protest.

Additional classes decide Nilofer Abida Parveen was knowledgeable by advocate Abhishek Gupta, Sidhu’s lawyer, that his shopper just isn’t related to any of the farm unions which are protesting in opposition to the three new agriculture legal guidelines and that the actor simply occurred to be on the “wrong place at the wrong time”. Gupta added that Sidhu was being made a “scapegoat” within the case that has change into a “media trial”.

“Right to protest is a fundamental right, that’s why I was there. Neither I indulged in violence, nor did I urge anyone to indulge in the violence,” Sidhu stated in his submission to the courtroom. Countering his assertion, the general public prosecutor for Delhi Police stated basic rights don’t imply that one can hurt police officers.

Sidhu was arrested by Delhi Police on February 9 for his alleged involvement within the January 26 violence.

Gupta stated Sidhu ought to be granted aid on grounds of parity as the opposite accused within the case had been granted bail. The prosecution opposed the bail software.

“Hundreds of policemen were injured. Swords, sticks, etc, were used. Protesters tried to crush policemen under tractors. All this started only after hoisting of Nishan Sahib (flag) at the Red Fort, which the accused had instigated… In the name to fundamental rights they created violence,” the general public prosecutor stated.

“He [Sidhu] was even helping the police, he hasn’t been a part of violence. Only people who have indulged in violence can be prosecuted. Mere presence does not make him a part of unlawful assembly… He is being made a scapegoat as he is a known face,” Gupta instructed the courtroom.

“FIR says that people broke the gates and climbed the rampart at 12.30pm. He reached there after 2pm,” the lawyer submitted. The courtroom adjourned the matter for Monday and requested police for transcripts of Sidhu’s speeches.

With inputs from PTI

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