Navjot Sidhu Seeks More Time To Surrender On Medical Grounds

Story Highlights
  • SC asked Sidhu to file a formal application and mention the matter before the Chief Justice.
  • Sidhu approached the court through senior advocate saying he had medical issues to settle.
  • Supreme Court sentenced him to one year in jail in a 1988 road-rage case in which a man was killed.

New Delhi: Ex-Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu has sought more time to surrender on medical grounds after he was granted a one-year jail term by the Supreme Court in the 1988 road rage case. The court, in response, asked him to mention the matter before the Chief Justice of India.

The Supreme Court had earlier allowed the review of its May 2018 order exonerating former Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu in the 34-year-old road rage case, in which Patiala resident Gurnam Singh had 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.

On May 15th, 2018, the apex court set aside the Punjab and Haryana High Court order convicting Sidhu of culpable homicide and awarding him a three-year jail term in the case but had held him guilty of causing hurt to a senior citizen. The case relates to the death of a Patiala resident Gurnam Singh, in December 27th 1988 after Sidhu and a friend assaulted him in a road rage incident.

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