Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Supreme Court finds Navjot Singh Sidhu guilty in a road rage case

Supreme Court finds Navjot Singh Sidhu guilty in a road rage case

Punjab Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi on Tuesday congratulated Local Government, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on his acquittal in the 1988 old rage case. The cricketer-turned-politician has been convicted under Section 323 of IPC (imprisonment of 1-2 years or a fine exceeding 1000 rupees or both). While he was slammed with three years in prison, the Supreme Court soon reversed the sentence and granted him bail after an appeal against the order. "But, as noticed, the medical evidence is absolutely uncertain regarding the cause of death of Gurnam Singh", the bench said.

Celebrations broke out at Navjot Sidhu's Amritsar residence after the Supreme Court spared him a jail term in three-decade old road rage case. In 1999, the trial court in Patiala had acquitted Sidhu and his cousin, saying that the medical report stated the death was due to a heart attack. The High Court had later sentenced him to three years in jail.

Defending the government's stand in the Apex Court, Capt Amarinder had stated that they could not have backtracked from the stand it had taken earlier in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

The other accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu has been acquitted.

However, the bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul found him guilty of causing simple injury and imposed a fine without any jail term.

The police had claimed that Singh was beaten up by Sidhu who later fled the crime scene.

"Such being the evidence on record, the conclusion of the High Court that Gurnam Singh's death is caused by subdural hemorrhage but not cardiac arrest, in our opinion, is not based on any evidence on record and is a pure conjecture".

A year later, things seemed to finally boil down when Sidhu surrendered in a Chandigarh court, Following this, with Arun Jaitley, then senior leader, helped Sidhu get a stay on the conviction.

On April 12 this year, the Punjab government supported the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court convicting the minister.

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