Navjot Singh Sidhu sentenced to one year jail term in road rage case

Navjot Singh Sidhu sentenced to one year jail term in road rage case

Former Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Thursday was sentenced to one year in jail by the Supreme Court. It is a 34-year-old road rage case in which the cricketer-turned-politician must surrender. He will have to serve a year’s “rigorous imprisonment”, the court said.

The apex court came out with the ruling on a petition by the family of a man who died after a brawl with Mr Sidhu and his friend in 1988.

The family had asked for graver charges against Mr Sidhu. It had also filed for a review of a 2018 order of the Supreme Court. The court had acquitted him of murder charges and imposing a ₹ 1,000-fine.

On December 27, 1988, Sidhu had an argument with Gurnam Singh over a parking spot. Mr Sidhu and his friend, Rupinder Singh Sandhu, allegedly dragged Gurnam Singh out of his car and hit him. The man later died in hospital.

Later in 1999, a sessions court in Patiala had acquitted Mr Sidhu citing lack of evidence. The Punjab and Haryana High court had convicted Sidhu in 2006 of culpable homicide sentencing him to three years in jail.

The apex court had also acquitted Mr Sidhu’s friend of all charges saying there was no proper evidence he was present at the spot.

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