The Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in 1988 road rage case. Earlier, Sidhu was awarded three-year jail term by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the case.
A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul had on April 18 reserved its judgement in the case in which Sidhu, who had quit the BJP and joined the Congress days before the Punjab assembly election last year, had claimed that evidence about the cause of death of victim Gurnam Singh was contradictory and the medical opinion in this regard was "vague".
Besides Sidhu, currently the Tourism Minister of Punjab, appeal was also filed by Rupinder Singh Sandhu, who was also convicted and sentenced to three-year jail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the case. According to the prosecution, Sidhu and Sandhu were allegedly in a Gypsy parked on the middle of a road near the Sheranwala Gate Crossing in Patiala on December 27, 1988, when the victim and two others were on their way to the bank to withdraw money.
It was alleged that when they had reached the crossing, Gurnam Singh, driving a Maruti car, found the Gypsy in the middle of the road and asked the occupants, Sidhu and Sandhu, to remove it. This led to heated exchanges. The police had claimed that Singh was beaten up by Sidhu who later fled the crime scene. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
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