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Road Rage Case: SC Acquits Navjot Singh Sidhu On Murder Charges, Fines For 'Simple Injury'

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| May 15 , 2018 , 12:23 IST

In a relief for Punjab Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted him from section 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and convicted him under section 323(punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) in 1988 road rage case.

Finding cricketer-turned-politician Sidhu guilty for causing simple injury, the apex court has imposed a fine without any jail term on him. Co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu, the current Punjab Tourism Minister was acquitted of all charges.

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A Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul pronounced the judgement upon an appeal filed by Sidhu and Sandhu against a December 2006 Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict convicting and sentencing the duo to 3 years in jail.

"A1 (Sidhu) is guilty of Section 323 of IPC. Awarded no sentence but fine of Rs 1,000 for the offence. A2 (Rupinder Singh Sandhu) is acquitted," the bench said.

Meanwhile, the victim's family appealed to the apex court to enhance the 3 year jail term awarded by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

According to the prosecution, on December 27, 1988 Sidhu and Sandhu had been parked in a Gypsy in the middle of a road in Patiala when the victim and 2 others driving in a Maruti found the Gypsy and asked the occupants to remove it. This led to heated exchanges during which Sidhu allegedly hit the driver 65-year-old Gurnam Singh. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.

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