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SC holds Sidhu guilty in road rage case, but awards no jail term

Team SoOLEGAL 15 May 2018 6:10pm

SC holds Sidhu guilty in road rage case, but awards no jail term

New Delhi: Punjab Tourism minister and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was today held guilty by Supreme Court for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year-old man leading to his death in the 1988 road rage case. But court spared him the jail term. The verdict was given by bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul.

The bench declared Sidhu guilty under Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and fined him Rs 1,000 for the offence. However his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu who was also accused under the same section was acquitted of the charges.

The judgement in the case was reserved by the court in the last hearing held on April 18. Sidhu had claimed that evidence about the cause of death of the victim Gurnam Singh was contradictory and medical opinion on the issue was "vague".

Besides Sidhu, an appeal was also filed by Rupinder Singh Sandhu, who was sentenced to three years in jail by the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2006 along with Sidhu.

The case pertains to December 27, 1988 when Sidhu and Sandhu were allegedly sitting in a Gypsy parked in the middle of a road in a crossing in Patiala. The victim and two others were on their way to the bank to withdraw money in a Maruti car objected to Gypsy parked in the middle of the road and asked them to remove it. A heated argument broke out which led to victim being punched hard by Sidhu which led to his collapsing and later dying in the hospital.

The trial court acquitted Sidhu in September 1999 but this acquittal was later overturned by High Court in December 2006 declared him and Sandhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. It had sentenced them to three years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts.

In 2007, the court had stayed the High Court decision, which allowed Sidhu to contest the by-poll for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

Tagged: SC   Punjab and Haryana Hight Court   Navjot Singh Sidhu  
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