Road Rage Case: Navjot Singh Sidhu acquitted under section 304, convicted under section 323 IPC by SC

The Supreme Court acquited Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu acquitted under section 304 (II) convicted under section 323 in 1988 road rage case.

Last month Sidhu’s advocate argued in the court that it was not his client`s fault behind the death of the victim in a road rage case.

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was awarded a three-year jail term by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a 1988 road rage case. Sidhu has challenged this in Supreme Court.

After the Punjab government sought his conviction in the road rage case, Sidhu, on April 13, said he would submit to the majesty of the law.

The road rage incident dates back to December 27, 1988, when Sidhu had allegedly punched one 65-year-old Gurnam Singh in Patiala, Punjab, resulting in the latter`s death.

The Sessions Court Judge of Patiala on September 22, 1999, had acquitted Sidhu and his associate, Rupinder Singh Sandhu, due to lack of evidence in the case.

The trial court had acquitted Sidhu, whereas the Punjab and Haryana High Court reversed his acquittal, convicting him under Section 304 Part II, Indian Penal Code (IPC), for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

The victim’s family had appealed to the Supreme Court that earlier imprisonment sentence of three years given by the Punjab and Haryana High Court should be enhanced.However, the Punjab government appealed to the apex court to uphold three-year imprisonment.

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