The officials in the agency said, in December the NIA had registered a case against Sikhs for Justice for funding “the anti-India movement in the county and abroad” and had also issued notices to Sidhu and his brother Mandeep Singh. He is considered to be close to Sikh ideologue Ajmer Singh, as he practised law before joining the show business in 2015.
Sidhu also did a Facebook live while hoisting the flag from the ramparts of the Red Fort. In the video, Sidhu said in Punjabi, “We have only hoisted the Nishan Sahib flag on the Red Fort while exercising our democratic right to protest". Officials’ notices to Deep Sidhu and his brother were served under Section 160 of the CRPC to call them as witnesses in the case, as those who are being summoned appeared acquainted with the circumstances of the case and asked them to appear before the investigating officer (IO) for examination.
Sources in the know of the case said the probe is based on a suspicious transaction report (STR) compiled by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and was shared with the NIA. They said the report observed abnormalities in banking transactions in the past three-four months.
Gurnam Singh Chaduni, Chief of the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), had accused Deep Sidhu of inciting and misguiding protesters. "He led them to the Red Fort. Farmers never wanted to go to Red Fort," BKU's Haryana unit chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni told reporters.