Supreme Court Acquits Navjot Singh Sidhu In 1988 Road Rage Case

The Supreme Court today convicted Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year-old man but spared him a jail term in the 1988 road rage case

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Supreme Court Acquits Navjot Singh Sidhu In 1988 Road Rage Case

The Supreme Court today convicted Punjab Tourism Minister 

Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu

for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year-old man but spared him a jail term in the 1988 road rage case.

Sidhu has been booked under Section 304 (II), amounting to culpable homicide but not amounting to murder, and acquitted under Section 323, which entails punishment for voluntarily causing harm, and will be required to pay a fine of Rs. 1,000.

In 1999, a trial court had acquitted him and another of murder due to lack of evidences, but the HC reversed the verdict and awarded them three-year jail terms in 2006.

Ironically, the Punjab government has supported the HC's judgement.

In April 2018, the Punjab government had sought the conviction of Sidhu and also pleaded before it to uphold the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the road rage case.

Navjot Singh Sidhu

Navjot Singh Sidhu

Soon after, the Supreme Court on April 18 reserved its judgement on the appeal filed by the former Indian cricketer.

On December 27, 1988, Sidhu and Rupinder Singh Sandhu allegedly parked their Gypsy in the middle of the road near the Sheranwala Gate-Crossing, Patiala.

When 65-year-old man Gurnam Singh reached the spot in a car, he asked them to move aside.
Sidhu then beat up Singh. He also allegedly removed Singh's car keys before fleeing so he couldn't get medical help. Singh later died.



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