Road rage: No jail term for Sidhu

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New Delhi | Published: May 16, 2018 12:29:37 AM

In a huge relief to cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Supreme Court on Tuesday let him off with a meager fine of Rs 1,000 for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year man in the 1988 Patiala road rage case.

Navjot Singh Sidhu case, road rage case, Navjot Singh road rage, Navjot Singh sidhu case, sidhu caseThe apex court found him guilty of only causing simple injury and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 without any jail term. (PTI)

In a huge relief to cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Supreme Court on Tuesday let him off with a meager fine of Rs 1,000 for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year man in the 1988 Patiala road rage case. It also spared the Punjab tourism and cultural affairs minister of a jail term by acquitting him of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 30 -year-old road rage case.

As Sidhu has not been sentenced to jail for two years or more, he can remain as MLA and a minister in the Congress-led government in Punjab. Under the Representation of the People Act, a person will be disqualified if he is sentenced to a jail term of two years or more. Sidhu and his wife had resigned from the BJP in September 2016 and joined the Congress.

A bench led by Justice J Chelameswar set aside the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court that convicted Sidhu and his co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu under Section of 304 (2) of the IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and sentenced them both to three years’ imprisonment.

However, the apex court found him guilty of only causing simple injury and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 without any jail term.

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