New Delhi: The Supreme Court is set to review its verdict in a 32-year-old road rage case featuring Congress leader Navjot Sidhu on a plea, filed by the kin of the deceased, that he should be punished for an offence of more serious category than causing hurt, therefore leading to enhancement of punishment.
The Punjab Congress chief has been given two weeks’ time to respond to the apex court’s notice.
Whereas, the 58-year -old leader has urged the apex court not to punish him with a jail term in a 1988 road rage case in which he was let off with a meagre fine of Rs 1,000.
Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, representing Gurnam Singh’s family, submitted that he has moved an application seeking enlargement of the scope of the notice issued. Luthra contended before a bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and S.K. Kaul that a blow was delivered on the victim, and the death due to cardiac arrest is not correct. The bench asked, “You are asking for a review, then you are also asking for a whole review of the judgment…you want us to re-appreciate the evidence?”
The bench told Luthra that he cannot keep expanding the scope of the notice. Senior advocate P. Chidambaram, representing Sidhu, contended that to review the judgment after 4 years in respect of the incident, which took place in 1988 especially if the notice has been restricted, and the scope of review should not be enlarged. Citing the apex court judgment, Chidambaram added that the court came to a conclusion after analysing the evidence, and it is not a case where his client has caused the death of the deceased.
The bench clarified that notice was issued on circulation and not after hearing the parties. Chidambaram opposed any further examination of the evidence against his client, contending that the scope of the review petition is very limited. After hearing arguments, the top court sought response from Sidhu and posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.
The top court was hearing a review petition against its 2018 verdict which reduced the sentence of Sidhu to Rs 1,000 fine from 3-year imprisonment in a road rage incident in which a person died.