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Former Punjab Congress chief Sidhu seeks more time to surrender, cites medical reasons

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Former Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday, May 20, approached the Supreme Court seeking a few weeks’ time to surrender to undergo the sentence imposed on him in a 1988 road rage case.

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Mentioning the matter before an SC bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and JB Pardiwala on Friday, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi urged the court to grant his client one more week to surrender on medical grounds. However, the SC asked Singhvi to file an application in this regard and mention it before the bench led by CJI NV Ramana.

The Supreme Court on Thursday increased Navjot Singh Sidhu’s punishment in the 34-year-old road rage case in which Gurnam Singh (65) had died. In 2018, Sidhu was let off with a fine of ₹1,000.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered one-year “rigorous imprisonment” for the cricketer-turned-politician, who recently quit as Punjab Congress chief after his party’s defeat in the state election.

After the Supreme Court announced its sentence, Sidhu said he accepts the verdict and will submit to the “majesty of law”.

The 1988 road rage case

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The incident took place on December 27, 1988, when Navjot Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu got into an argument with 65-year-old Gurnam Singh over a parking space in Patiala. They were accused of hitting the senior citizen, after which he passed away. While Sidhu and his friend were acquitted by a local court in September 1999, they were held guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder 7 years later by the Punjab & Haryana High Court.

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