1988 Road Rage Case: Supreme Court To Decide Navjot Singh Sidhu’s fate on Tuesday

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Sidhu TehelkaThe Supreme Court will on Tuesday pronounce its judgment on Punjab Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in 1988 road rage case. Sidhu had filed an appeal against a Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict sentencing him to three-year imprisonment.

A Bench of Justice J Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul is likely to pronounce its verdict at 10.30 am on tuesday.

Senior counsel RS Cheema represented Sidhu, whereas senior advocates Ranjit Kumar and Siddharth Luthra represented the complainant in the case.

According to the prosecution, Sidhu and his co-convict Sandhu beat up Gurnam Singh in a road rage on December 27, 1988. Gurnam was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

While Sidhu rubbished the prosecution theory, the legal heirs of the complainant have demanded that Sidhu should be convicted of murder.

Sidhu was initially acquitted by the trial court in September 1999. However, the high court reversed the judgement and found him guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of Gurnam Singh.

The high court gave Sidhu and Sandhu a three-year jail term 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 by polls from Amritsar.