New Delhi, April 12: The Punjab government on Thursday appealed in the Supreme Court for upholding a high court order for the conviction of its own minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu, in a 30-year-old road rage case. The apex court had granted bail to the cricketer-turned-politician after the Punjab & Haryana High Court had convicted him in the case where Sidhu had alleged hit 65-year-old Gurnam Singh on the head following an altercation on the road. The man had later died in the hospital.

The state government requested the apex court to set aside Sidhu’s bail. Appearing before a bench of Justices J Chelameshwar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul, the state government’s counsel said that Singh died of brain haemorrhage and not cardiac arrest. “Sidhu had given a feisty blow to Gurnam Singh, leading to his death through brain haemorrhage,” said the counsel. The state Congress leaders backed the counsel. “The state government followed the rule of the law in the Supreme Court and has left the apex court to decide the matter on merit,” a Congress leader was quoted in media reports.

Unlike the state of Uttar Pradesh where the Chief Minister was being accused of shielding a rape accused MLA (Kuldeep Singh Sengar in Unnao rape case), the leader said, “Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has always maintained that his government would uphold the law and will not interfere in judicial matters.”

Meanwhile, reacting to the development, Union Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal said, “Their hypocrisy is exposed. The person who killed a poor man should be punished. Lawyer is giving one statement, the chief minister is giving another. Government is in a state of confusion.”