Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu verdicted to one-year in prison by the SC on Thursday. In a road outrage case from 1988 in which one individual was killed.
The ex-Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu was previously pardoned with a fine of ₹1,000 by the SC. The scope of punishment escalated by the SC while hearing a petition filed by the victim’s family.
Last month, the top court reserved its decree in the plea that had sought severe punishment for the ex-minister. Such as culpable homicide, or even murder, than just causing hurt.
The cricketer-turned-politician disclosed to the top court that there was “no full proof to show that the single fist blow led to the death of a 65-year-old man”. He also accused the victim’s family of making a “vengeful attempt” to get the case reopened.
“There is no full proof that the injury caused by the accused resulted in the killing of the person. As there was no documentation whatsoever that the death was caused by the single blow by the answering respondent. Even presumed the incident did occur, this honourable court rightly finalised that the same would fall under Section 323 IPC,” read the affidavit filed by Sidhu before the court.
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