The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday if Navjot Singh Sidhu will go to jail in a road rage case that resulted in the death of an elderly person in Punjab in 1988.
This was after the Congress-led government of Punjab asked the Supreme Court of India in April this year to jail Sidhu, who’s the tourism minister in the state government. A bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul had reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments on 18 April.
Sidhu is facing charges of having hit a 65-year-old man, Gurnam Singh, in Patiala in a road rage incident on 27 December, 1988. One of the blows allegedly landed on the left head on the parietal region of the deceased which caused a subdural hemorrhage.
The trial court had acquitted Sidhu, but the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the lower court’s order and convicted him under Section 304 Part II, IPC, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The High Court had later sentenced him to three years in jail.
Sidhu had appealed the High Court’s verdict in the Supreme Court, which granted him bail while also suspending his jail sentence in 2007. This enabled him to contest Lok Sabha elections from Amritsar.
Sidhu is currently a part of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s government and heads the tourism and culture ministry in Punjab.