Chandigarh: Supreme Court has sentenced Navjot Singh Sidhu to a one-year jail term in a 1988 road rage case. The cricketer turned politician, Sidhu, has to surrender before a court. Sidhu was convicted in a more than three-decade old case. On December 27, 1988, Sidhu beat Patiala resident Gurnam Singh on his head, which led to his death.
The court had earlier reserved its order on an application seeking to enlarge the scope of notice in the road rage case. The application was also filed in an ongoing review petition.
As per the order, Sidhu will be taken into custody by Punjab police. Earlier, he was acquitted with a fine of Rs 1,000. Sidhu’s sentence has now been increased to the maximum possible punishment under Section 323 of the IPC.
Mr Sidhu has opposed the plea seeking to enlarge the scope of the road rage case against him, citing an earlier order of the Supreme Court which held that there was no evidence that the death of the victim was caused by a single blow.
The former Punjab Congress chief was acquitted in connection with culpable homicide charges but was convicted of voluntarily causing harm.
A Sessions Court Judge of Patiala had on September 22, 1999, acquitted Sidhu and his associate, citing lack of evidence and giving the benefit of the doubt.
It was then challenged by the victim’s families before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which in 2006, convicted and sentenced Sidhu to three years’ imprisonment. He then filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging this order.