Navjot Singh Sidhu gets one-year jail term in 34-year-old road rage case

19 May, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

Supreme Court has ruled against Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu

Supreme Court has ruled against Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu. In the 34-year-old road rage case, Sidhu was sentenced to one year in prison. The punishment will be severe.

Sidhu has already asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the road rage review petition filed against him.

In response to the review petition, Sidhu stated that the incident occurred 33 years ago and that the case could not be maintained.

Sidhu had also asked the Supreme Court not to change his sentence, noting his good character.

In this case, the Supreme Court convicted Sidhu to a one-thousand-rupee fine in 2018.

Following that, the aggrieved party filed a review petition. On May 15, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned a Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict convicting Sidhu of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced him to three years in jail in a road rage case.

Despite finding Sidhu guilty of willfully injuring a 65-year-old senior citizen, the Supreme Court did not send him to prison and instead imposed a fine of Rs 1,000. This offence has a maximum sentence of one year in prison or a fine of 1000 rupees, or both, under Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code.

This case is of December 1988. Sidhu collided with elder Gurnam Singh while going by car in Patiala. In anger, Sidhu punched him after which Gurnam Singh was killed.

The Patiala Police had registered a case of culpable homicide against Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh.

Sidhu was acquitted by the trial court in 1999, but in 2006, the Punjab Haryana High Court sentenced Sidhu to three years’ imprisonment in the case. Sidhu was then a BJP MP from Amritsar. He resigned after the sentence. After this Sidhu challenged the High Court’s decision in the Supreme Court.