SC opens Punjab minister Sidhu’s road rage case; Could face jail

New Delhi : The Supreme court will reopen a 1998 road rage case against Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, in which a man died following a parking lot brawl. The apex court has sent the cricketer-turned politician a notice, asking him to show cause why it should not convict him with a harsher sentence.

The move comes on the back of plea, submitted by the victim’s family, against Sidhu being let of with just a nominal fine of Rs 1,000.

On 27 December, 1998, Sidhu and his friend, Rupinder Singh Sandhu, got into an argument with the victim, Gurnam Singh, over parking space in Patiala. The two allegedly hit Gurnam after dragging him out of his car.

The trial court acquitted Sidhu however, the Hariyana High Court held him guilty and handed out a three-year jail term.

Sidhu then approached Supreme Court where the bench suspended the sentence and granted him bail, thus making him eligible to contest bypolls in Amritsar.

Earlier this year, a bench headed by Justice Chalemeswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul let the two off with a fine of Rs 1,000, for lack of concrete evidence that the victim died “by the single blow” .

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