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.
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.