Punjab

Major setback for Navjot Singh Sidhu, Supreme Court agrees to review punishment in 1988 Patiala road rage case

The Supreme Court will decide whether Sidhu should be handed jail sentence or not. It has also issued a notice to Sidhu in the matter

Navjot Singh Sidhu

The Hush Post: In a major setback for Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Supreme Court today agreed to review his punishment in the 1988 Patiala road rage case. A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul granted permission to file review petition in the case in which it had acquitted him recently.

The Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hand jail sentence to Sidhu. It has also issued a notice to Sidhu in the matter.

Earlier, on May 15 this year the same Bench had set aside the verdict of the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The HC has convicted Sidhu of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Exonerating Navjot Singh Sidhu of the culpability of the crime, the Supreme Court had let him off with a fine of Rs. 1000.

High Court had handed three years’ jail

In 2006, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had pronounced the the cricketer-turned politician guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder . His friend Rupinder Singh was also convicted in the case. Both were sentenced to imprisonment of 3 years each. The Supreme Court, however, stayed the conviction and suspended the sentence in January 2007 after Sidhu appealed against the verdict.

The case dates back to 27 December 1988 when Sidhu and Sandhu had gone to Sherawale market in Patiala. The two got involved in a heated argument with 65-year-old Gurnam Singh over a petty issue of car parking. Gurnam was accompanied by his nephew at the time of the incident. According to the prosecution, Sidhu, in a fit of rage dragged Gurnam out and gave him fisticuffs. Gurnam was rushed to the hospital but was declared brought dead by the doctors.

Sidhu and Sandhu were initially tried for Gurnam’s murder and acquitted by the Patiala Sessions Judge in 1999. The decision was challenged by Gurnam’s son and the state government in Punjab and Haryana High Court which had held Sidhu and Sandhu guilty.

Sidhu had challenged the Punjab & Haryana High Court verdict convicting and sentencing him to three years imprisonment.

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