Supreme Court holds Navjot Singh Sidhu guilty in road rage case, fines him Rs 1000 and spares jail term

A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said Sidhu is guilty of Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of IPC and is fined Rs 1,000 for the offence.

Published: 15th May 2018 11:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2018 12:44 PM   |  A+A-

Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu . (FIle | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Cricketer turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday got big relief from the Supreme Court as it finds him guilty of only voluntarily causing hurt under section 323 IPC in 1988 road rage case and acquits him of culpable homicide not amounting to murder charge in the 1988 road rage case.

According to section 323 of Indian Penal Code whosoever voluntarily causes hurt, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

The court found him guilty of causing simple injury and imposed a fine without any jail term. This means that he will remain a MLA and a Minister.

A bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar only imposes fine on Sidhu and also acquits co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu.

The order came on Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu’s appeal against a Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict sentencing him to three-year imprisonment in a road rage case.

According to the prosecution, Sidhu and Sandhu were allegedly present in a Gypsy parked near Sheranwala Gate Crossing on December 27, 1988, while Gurnam Singh was on his way to a bank in a Maruti car with two others. As Gurnam asked the Gypsy occupants to give them way, the duo beat him up and 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 the cricketer-turned politician. However, the high court held them guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of Gurnam Singh in Patiala 1988 and gave them a three-year jail term and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts.

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  • ashok..s

    .Is tha life of a Indian worth onlly 1000?
    6 months ago reply
  • ashok..s

    Will Salman Khan will also be let off in the road rage case in Mumbai by this logic ?...........Great India great.I prar that I should be born in this country again and again.
    6 months ago reply
  • Thobla Ghanti

    Doubt that a poor simpleton like Mr Sidhu would be able to pay this huge sum! Rs. 1000 is unfair on him.
    6 months ago reply
  • MN

    We have a failed judicial system. If they take such a long time for cases, what is the point of imposing a Rs 1000 fine? Whether judiciary is accountable to anyone at all? Hope they have a good fully paid summer holiday which no other profession gets.
    6 months ago reply
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