Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has been sentenced to one year in prison in connection with the 34-year-old road rage case, said he needed some time to surrender because he needed to address some medical issues.
India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana on Friday refused to accept the plea of Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu seeking some time before the Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced him to one year in jail for the 1988 road rage case. Senior Congress leader and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who represents the Congress, said they needed some time to organize their medical issues. As Singhvi had sought a hearing on Sidhu’s plea, the court asked him to file a formal appeal before Chief Justice NV Ramana to set up a special bench for the hearing today. The CJI refused to consider Singhvi’s attempt to present the case to a special bench of emergency.
Navjot Sidhu and the 1988 Road Rage Case: A Timeline
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Navjot Singh Sidhu’s sentence in the 34-year-old road rage case of the death of Gurnam Singh (65). In 2018, Sidhu was fined ₹1,000.
According to the prosecution, Sidhu beat Guarnam Singh in a December 1988 road rage incident. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Sidhu was acquitted by the trial court in September 1999, but the verdict was overturned by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in December 2006. The High Court acquitted Sidhu and co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu, who was convicted of non-murder, manslaughter. Sentenced to three years in prison. He challenged this in the Supreme Court, which acquitted Sidhu on a minor charge of causing injury when Sandhu was acquitted of all charges by order in May 2018.
After the Supreme Court announced its sentence, Sidhu said he would accept the verdict and submit to the “dignity of the law”.
The new appeal came at the last moment for some time before Sidhu went to jail as the Congress leader had to surrender before Patiala court on Friday and some party men and supporters reached Sidhu’s residence in the morning. Patiala District Congress Committee Chairman Narinder Pal Lali sent a message to party supporters on Thursday night that Navjot Singh Sidhu will reach court at 10 am, news agency PTI reported.
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