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Cong leader Navjot Sidhu surrenders in Patiala Court, given 1 year jail by SC in 1988 case

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Chandigarh: Former Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu has surrendered in Patiala Sessions Court today in a 34-year-old road rage incident. At the same time, after the surrender of Sidhu, the Punjab Police has reached with a police vehicle to take him from the court to the jail. He has been sentenced to 1 year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court.

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Earlier, he had requested the Supreme Court to give time to surrender in the road rage case. On this, the bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar had asked to go to Chief Justice NV Ramana for hearing. Although today in the SC, the Chief Justice had refused to hear the mentioning of any case, in such a situation, Sidhu’s petition could not be heard today, due to which he surrendered in the Patiala Sessions Court. According to news agency ANI, he was seen entering the court sometime back.

What did Sidhu say after the sentence?
The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Navjot Sidhu to one year’s rigorous imprisonment in the 1988 road rage case. A 65-year-old man was killed in this incident. The top court had said that any sympathy for the lesser punishment would do more harm to the justice system and undermine the public’s confidence in the effectiveness of the law. Congress leader Sidhu had tweeted on the Supreme Court’s decision, “I will respect the law.”

On Thursday, the top court sentenced Sidhu to one-year rigorous imprisonment in a 1988 road rage case, saying victims of crime are humiliated when the offender is let off with a relatively minor punishment. Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, representing Sidhu, was told by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar to approach the Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana.

The counsel representing the Punjab government opposed Sidhu’s request. The counsel said 34 years does not mean the crime dies and after the judgment is pronounced, he wants three-four weeks again. Singhvi submitted before Justice Khanwilkar that his client will surrender and “It’s your discretion to consider.”

After a brief hearing, Justice Khanwilkar told Sidhu’s counsel to place a formal application and mention it before the Chief Justice’s court. After the top court’s order, Sidhu had tweeted that he would “submit to the majesty of law”.

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In 2018, Sidhu was let off with a meagre fine of Rs 1,000. The review plea was filed by the family members of 65-year-old Gurnam Singh, who had died in the road rage incident involving Sidhu.

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