Hours after being granted bail by a court in a case registered by Archaeological Survey India (ASI), actor-turned-Sikh activist Deep Sidhu was released from Tihar Jail Delhi on Monday late night.
After being released, Sidhu directly went to Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi to thank Guru Sahib for his release, which could be possible after a hectic legal battle fought by his brother advocate Mandeep Singh Sidhu and lawyers’ panel constituted by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC).
His release happened amid the resonance of ‘Sat Sri Akal’ slogans raised by the Sikh youths.
After paying obeisance, Sidhu said, “My confinement has further strengthened me and filled determination in me to fight for the cause of the well-being of all as taught by Guru Sahib. I stand with the cause of farmers who are fighting for their survival. It’s the question of survival of all Punjabis, and we should unite for the common cause”.
“Though the government tried to keep me behind bars, the courts gave me a fair trial and recognized the fact that I never instigated anyone for violence in my speeches made during Kisan Morcha”, he added.
The DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa accompanied him and honoured him at Gurdwara Sahib with siropa (robe of honour), congratulated advocate Abhishek Gupta, H.S Khosa, Mandeep Singh Sidhu and DSGMC Advocates for fighting and winning this battle. Above all, I will thank Guru Sahib, who ensured the release of Deep Sidhu”.
Sidhu would have been released on April 17 when the court granted him bail, but averting his release Crime Branch of Delhi Police again arrested him in another FIR registered by the ASI. However, an attempt of the Delhi Police could not be successful as Sidhu got bail in the second case after around a week.
During the tractor parade, the agitating farmers reached Red Fort, and they hoisted ‘Nishan Sahib’ (Khalsa flag) there. The Delhi Police stated in the FIRs registered against hundreds of the farmers that the agitators turned violent and injured them. Sidhu was termed as prime accused of this alleged violence.
So, Sidhu was arrested for several offences on February 9 from Karnal district of Haryana under the Indian Penal Code, including rioting (147 and 148), unlawful assembly (149), attempt to murder (120-B), criminal conspiracy (120-B), assaulting or obstructing public servant (152), dacoity (395), culpable homicide (308) and disobedience to order promulgated by a public servant (188) and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act.