SC acquits Navjot Singh Sidhu in 1988 road rage case

Annette Crawford
May 15, 2018

Gurnam Singh's son Narvedinder Singh, who was present in the Supreme Court when the verdict in the Navjot Singh Sidhu road rage case was produced, said he was disappointed by the judgement, but there was no question of losing faith in the judiciary.

A bench of Justices Mehtab Singh Gill and Baldev Singh also convicted Navjot's friend and co-accused Rupinder Singh but suspended their sentences during the pendency of their appeals in the apex court.

The trial court had acquitted Sidhu, but the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the lower court's order and convicted him under Section 304 Part II, IPC, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The high court gave Sidhu and Sandhu a three-year jail term and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts. The 55-year-old cricketer-turned-politician won't go to jail and will retain his portfolio in the Punjab government.

According to the prosecution, Sidhu and Sandhu were allegedly in a Gypsy which was parked in the middle of a road near the Sheranwala Gate Crossing in Patiala on December 27, 1988. After reaching the Supreme Court, during the hearing in 2007, the court stayed the decision to convict both of them.

From Karnataka Election Results 2018 to Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's conviction, it seems like Tuesday was a bad, not so good and a awful day for the Congress. Singh died of a haemorrhage at the hospital.

Singh was beaten up by Sidhu and later fled the crime scene. This acquittal, however, was set aside by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2006, which found the appellants guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The judgment will be on a plea by Sidhu, now Punjab's Tourism Minister, against a three-year jail term awarded to him in the case.

The Trial Court had acquitted the appellants in 1999 on the grounds that the death of the victim was caused due to cardiac arrest and not due to the injuries sustained in the assault.

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