SC sentences Navjot Singh Sidhu to one-year rigorous imprisonment in road rage case
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The Supreme Court sentenced former Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu to one year's rigorous imprisonment in the 1988 road rage case in which Patiala resident Gurnam Singh died.
The order was pronounced by a bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice SK Kaul.
The Supreme Court had earlier allowed review of its May 2018 order acquitting former Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu in the 34-year-old road rage case.
Sidhu was earlier let off with a fine of Rs 1,000.
Now he has been given the maximum possible punishment under section 323 of the IPC.
What was the case?
On 27 December 1988, Sidhu got into an argument with Patiala resident Gurnam Singh over parking.
Sidhu and his associate Rupinder Singh Sandhu allegedly dragged Gurnam Singh out of their car and hit him.
He later died in hospital.
In 1999, a sessions court in Patiala acquitted Sidhu and his associate for lack of evidence and benefit of doubt.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court convicted Sidhu of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in 2006 and sentenced him to three years in prison.
In 2018, Sidhu approached the Supreme Court, which quashed the High Court order and convicted Sidhu of causing hurt to a senior citizen.
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