New Delhi: As per media In a big setback for Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, The State of Punjab on Thursday sought conviction of Navjot Singh Sidhu in the 1988 road rage case in which a man had died, allegedly after being beaten up by the cricketer-turned politician and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu.
The counsel appearing for the Punjab government told the Supreme Court that the statement given by Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false. The Punjab government’s counsel has also argued that the Punjab and Haryana High Court order which convicted Sidhu should be upheld. The order had convicted the cricketer-turned-politician for three years in prison, reads a note in Times Now.
Punjab government’s counsel Sangram Singh Saron took the Bench to the statements of prosecution witnesses who supported the prosecution case.
On Tuesday, senior counsel RS Cheema, representing Sidhu, would counter the arguments of the prosecution counsel.
According to the prosecution, Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu were allegedly present in a Gypsy parked near Sheranwala Gate Crossing on December 27, 1988 while Gurnam Singh (the deceased) was on his way to a bank in a Maruti car with two others. As Gurnam asked the Gypsy occupants to give them way, he was beaten up by the accused who fled the scene. Gurnam was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
Sidhu and Sandhu were initially tried for murder but the trial court in September 1999 acquitted Sidhu. However, the high court reversed the verdict and held him and co-accused Sandhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of Gurnam Singh in Patiala in 1988.
The high court sentenced them to three-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts. He was given bail in 2007 by the top court, which had also stayed his conviction to enable him contest Lok Sabha bypoll from Amritsar that was caused by resignation following the conviction.