Republic Day violence: Delhi court grants interim protection to Lakha Sidhana

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Delhi’s Tis Hazari District Court on Saturday gave interim relief from arrest till June 3 to gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana in the Republic Day violence case.

A Sessions Judge granted Lakha Sidhana interim protection from arrest while hearing his anticipatory bail application in FIR 96 of 2021, which was listed today before the court.

Senior advocate Ramesh Gupta appeared at the Tis Hazari Court on behalf of Lakha Sidhana. He made submissions that his client played no role in the Red Fort incident.

Advocate Ramesh Gupta also claimed that even the police had admitted that Lakha Sidhana never entered the Red Fort on January 26, 2021.

On the other hand, Delhi police sought some more time to make submissions in the matter. As a result, the court adjourned the matter till July 3 and directed that Lakha Sidhana should not be arrested.

The Delhi Police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh would be given to anyone providing information about Lakha Sidhana.

In connection with the violence that broke out at Red Fort on Republic Day this year in the backdrop of farmers’ protest, the Crime Branch (Central Delhi) of the Delhi Police had registered an FIR under section 147, 148, 149, 152, 186, 353, 332, 307, 308, 395, 397, 427 and 188 of the IPC read with sec. 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, 1959 and section 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984.

Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu has been named as the main conspirator in the case. However, he was granted bail by a Delhi court in April

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