Former Indian cricketer and TV figure Navjot Singh Sidhu given one year in jail by Supreme Court on Thursday. He has been punished in the 34-year-old road rage case.
The Indian Supreme Court was hearing the case of the family of the man who died after a brawl with Sidhu and his associate in 1988. The decision comes a few months after his election defeat. He had quit as Punjab Congress Chief after his party lost in state elections.
The victim’s family had demanded stricter punishment of Navjot Singh Sidhu and the review of the decision of the Supreme Court that acquitted him in the case in 2018.
The incident happened on December 27 1988 when Mr. Sidhu got into an argument with a citizen named Gurnam Singh over a parking spot. Mr. Sidhu with his associate Rupinder Singh Sandhu allegedly dragged the man out of the car and hit him. The man later died.
Will submit to the majesty of law ….
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) May 19, 2022
In 1999, the session court acquitted Sidhu and his associate on the basis of the lack of evidence and gave them the benefit of doubt. A petition had challenged the verdict, Punjab and Haryana High Court had convicted Sidhu in 2006 and sentenced him to three years in prison. He was found guilty of hurting a 65-year-old citizen. He was spared a jail term and fined ₹ 1,000.
Supreme Court had acquitted his associate as well. The court said there is no proper evidence that Rupinder Singh was present at the spot. Sidhu had challenged the family’s review petition. Today’s sentence came after SC gave its verdict on the plea filed by Sidhu.
In the tweet, Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he will respect the decision of the Supreme Court. “Will submit to the majesty of law,” said Navjoth Singh Sidhu in his latest tweet on Thursday.