Big blow to Navjot Singh Sidhu, one year in jail in 34 year old case

Publish Date: 19 May, 2022 |

Former Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sentenced to one year in jail. The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Navjot Singh Sidhu to one year imprisonment in the 1988 road rage case. The Supreme Court has given a decision on the petition to increase the sentence of Navjot Singh Sidhu in the road rage case. A review petition was filed in this case on behalf of the victim's family.

What is the case?

The case dates back to December 1988. Navjot Sidhu collided with elderly Gurnam Singh while going by car in Patiala. In anger, Sidhu punched him after which Gurnam Singh was killed. The Patiala police had registered a case of culpable homicide against Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh. Punjab Police will take Sidhu into custody. Earlier, Sidhu had requested the Supreme Court to dismiss the review petition filed against him in the road rage case. 

Sidhu, in response to the review petition, said that this incident happened 33 years ago and the petition is not maintainable. Sidhu had also urged the Supreme Court not to modify his sentence in the case, citing his clean reputation. Sidhu, while reacting to this, said that he accepts the decision.

Was also sentenced for imprisonment for three years

In 2006, the High Court sentenced Sidhu to three years' imprisonment. Sidhu challenged this decision in the Supreme Court. Though the Supreme Court found Sidhu guilty of intentionally causing hurt to a 65-year-old senior citizen, he did not sentence him to jail and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000. Under Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code, the punishment for this offence is a maximum of one year in jail or a fine of 1000 rupees or both.

In 2006, when the High Court sentenced Sidhu to three years' imprisonment, he was in the BJP and was an MP from Amritsar. He had resigned from the membership of the Lok Sabha. He had to contest the election again and he won again.


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