Sidhu need not go to Jail


However, in 2007, the Supreme Court suspended Sidhu's sentence and granted him bail after he appealed in the top court.

On April 18, the apex court had reserved its judgement on an appeal filed by Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case.

The prosecution had argued that Sidhu and co-convict Rupinder Singh Sandhu were allegedly present in a Maruti Gypsy parked near Sheranwala Gate crossing in Patiala on 27 December 1988, while the victim, Gurnam Singh, was on his way to a bank in a Maruti vehicle with two others.

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However, the Punjab and Haryana high court found Sidhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and overturned the trial court's verdict. It sentenced him to jail for three years. After the announcement of the judgement by the High Court, Sidhu had chose to approach the Supreme Court. It had sentenced them to three-year jail and imposed a fine of Rs one lakh each on the convicts. Sidhu was awarded three years in jail for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

On April 12 this year, the Punjab government supported the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court convicting the minister.

Navjot Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu beat up Gurnam Singh over auto parking.

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On December 27, 1988, Sidhu got into an altercation with a 65-year-old man named Gurnam Singh and allegedly hit him on the head leading to a serious injury, resulting in the latter's death.

Sidhu, who joined the Indian National Congress in 2017, was convicted under Section 323 (causing hurt) of the India Penal Code.

Singh was beaten up by Sidhu and later fled the crime scene. Gurnam was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead. However, defending his government's stance in Supreme Court, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said they had no legal option available.

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The state had said there was no evidence at all to suggest that Gurnam Singh died due to cardiac arrest and not brain haemorrhage. After Supreme Court's decision Sidhu was able to contest the assembly elections from Amritsar.