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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