Road Rage Case: The Supreme Court has sentenced cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu to one year in jail in the 1988 ‘road rage’ case. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and SK Kaul allowed the review petition filed by the victim’s family on the issue of punishment awarded to former Punjab Congress president Sidhu.
On being sentenced by the Supreme Court, Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he will follow the law.
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— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) May 19, 2022
Gurnam Singh was killed in this incident in 1988 in Patiala, Punjab. Sidhu and his friend Kanwar Singh Sandhu were convicted by the Punjab Haryana High Court for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced him to three years in prison. But in July 2018, the Supreme Court acquitted Sandhu completely. Whereas Sidhu was only convicted of assault and punished with a fine of only one thousand rupees.
Against this the family of Gurnam Singh approached the Supreme Court. The family demanded a reconsideration of the decision. On 13 September 2018, the court accepted the petition for consideration. But then the court had made it clear that it would only consider the demand for enhancement of punishment. This meant that Sidhu would not be tried again for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.