New Delhi: Former Punjab Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sentenced to one year in jail by the Supreme Court in a 34-year-old case involving the death of a 65-year-old man in a car crash.
Following this, Sidhu posted on his Twitter page, “I will abide by the law.”
Sidhu is determined to go to jail.
Will submit to the majesty of law.
– Navjot Singh Sidhu (hersherryontopp) May 19, 2022
In 1988, Navjot Singh Sidhu and his friend Rubinder Chandu got into an argument with Kurman Singh, 65, of Patiala over car parking. At the end of the argument, Sidhu pulled Kurman Singh out of the car and attacked him. Kurman Singh was injured in the incident. Then he died. The clash, which started as a scuffle, ended in casualties.
A case has been registered in the Patiala court in connection with the incident. The case has been going on for more than a year and in 2018, a Patiala court ruled that Navjot Singh Sidhu was innocent in the case. At the time, Sidhu was the leader of the Punjab Congress party.
Gurman Singh’s family approached the Supreme Court against the Patiala court verdict. Adequate evidence was not submitted during the hearing of this appeal. Similarly Sidhu said “I hit that person. But can anyone die in one fell swoop?” That raised suspicion. The court acquitted Sidhu of the suspicion on the ground of lack of evidence. However, he said it was wrong to hit a senior citizen and fined him Rs.1000.
Under these circumstances, the family of Kurman Singh filed a petition for revision of the judgment. In the petition, it was demanded that Sidhu should be given a somewhat harsher sentence. The petition came up for hearing today (May 19) before a bench of Supreme Court judges. At the time, the judges sentenced Sidhu to one year in prison.