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1998 Road Rage Case: Supreme Court Sentences Navjot Sidhu To 1-Yr Jail Term

New Delhi: In a 1988 road rage case, the Supreme Court sentenced cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh to one year in prison. The Supreme Court has granted a review of Navjot Singh Siddhu’s exoneration in a 1988 road rage case in which Patiala resident Gurnam Singh died.

Sidhu will be taken into custody by Punjab police as per the order. Sidhu was earlier let off with a fine of Rs 1,000. Now, the maximum possible punishment under Section 323 of the IPC has been awarded to Sidhu.Navjot Sidhu has to surrender before a court.

Mr Sidhu is accused of beating Gurnam Singh on the head on December 27, 1988, resulting in his death.

The court had previously put off making a decision on an application to broaden the scope of notice in the road rage case. In addition, the application was filed as part of an ongoing review petition.

Mr Sidhu has filed an objection to the plea attempting to broaden the scope of the road rage case against him, citing a Supreme Court ruling that there was insufficient evidence that the victim’s death was caused by a single blow.

On September 22, 1999, a Patiala Sessions Court Judge acquitted Mr Sidhu and his associate, claiming a lack of proof and them the benefit of the doubt.

The families of the victims took the case to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which found Mr Sidhu guilty and sentenced him to three years in prison in 2006. Mr Sidhu then took his case to the Supreme Court, disputing the order.

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