New Delhi, Apr 12: Punjab government on Thursday sought conviction of Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in a 30-year-old road rage case. The incident took place in December 1988, when the cricketer-turned-politician had allegedly hit a 65-year-old man Gurnam Singh in a road rage incident at Patiala, Punjab. The old man was rushed to the hospital where was declared dead by the doctors.
The advocate handling the case for Punjab government today told the bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the 65-year-old had died of a brain hemorrhage, not cardiac arrest after hitting by Sidhu. The Congress-ruled Punjab government asked the apex court to uphold Sidhu’s conviction in the 30-year-old road rage case happened in Patiala.
Navjot Singh Sidhu was sentenced to three years in jail for involvement in the case with his friend Rupinder Singh by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, he was granted bail by the Supreme Court after the Punjab Haryana High Court order. The trial court had freed Sidhu from the incident but Punjab and Haryana High Court reversed his acquittal, convicting him under Section 304 Part II, IPC, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
However, the Victims family filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking enhancement in the punishment (Imprisonment sentence of three years) given to Sidhu by the Punjab and Haryana Government. However, the Punjab government has appealed to the SC to uphold three-year imprisonment.