Апреля 21, 2018

Road rage case: Navjot Sidhu goes on the back foot

14 Апреля 2018, 11:37 | Winifred Adams

Sidhu's conviction by HC correct, Punjab tells SC

Navjot Singh Sidhu should be sent to jail: Punjab government tells Supreme Court

You submit to the majesty of the law, said Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, after the Punjab government of Amrendra Singh favoured the High Court verdict awarding a three-year jail term to its minister in a 1988 road rage case.

A party leader backed the counsel's stand and said Congress government will not shield its ministers or MLAs like Yogi Adityanath government in UP. The Punjab government appealed to the Supreme Court to uphold the High Court's verdict.

According to the prosecution, the case involving Sidhu is 30 years old.

Counsel for Punjab government told a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the statement given by Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false and Gurnam Singh had died of brain hemorrhage, and not cardiac arrest, after being struck by Sidhu.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had in 2006 convicted Mr Sidhu to three yea-rs imprisonment for the offence.

The Punjab minister was initially acquitted by the Patiala sessions court in 1999.

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The state government counsel told the apex court that the victim had died after he was given fist blow by Sidhu.

To a question about a news channel quoting him saying that he was backstabbed by the Punjab government, Sidhu refused to comment.

Meanwhile, opposition parties including the Akali Dal and the BJP asked Sidhu to resign on moral grounds.

"Even in the Assembly, Khaira acted as more loyal than the King and came to the help of the Congress government whenever we cornered it on issues of public interest". The Punjab Government's advocate said, "There is no evidence that death is due to heart attack or brain hemorrhage. Similarly, in this case also, he is happy to be seen with Sidhu rather than the poor family that has lost an innocent member at his hands", SAD alleged. The man received injuries to his head, and subsequently died of brain hemorrhage.

"Though the government could not have taken any other stand in the apex court, other than what it had been taken in the trial and high court earlier, Sidhu deserved the court's consideration", said the Chief Minister, who is drawing flak for letting down his own minister.

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