Supreme Court reserved its decision on Wednesday on the petition filed by Punjab’s Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu . Sidhu had filed a petition in the case of a 30-year-old roadrage against a jail sentence of 3 years. Justice J. The bench of the Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul reserved the decision after listening to the arguments of lawyers of the Punjab government, Sidhu and his cousin. The Supreme Court will decide whether Sidhu’s sentence will be upheld or not.
This incident happened on December 27, 1988, when Sidhu and his cousin had beaten Gurnam Singh and 2 others badly in a Roadरेज case . Gurnam Singh was later killed due to beating. While supporting the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing in the Supreme Court on April 12, the state government had found the minister guilty. The state government told the Supreme Court that a 65-year-old man Sidhu died in one of the same punches. The state said there is no such evidence, that the death of Singh’s heart attack or brain haemorrhage was caused.
In the year 1999, the lower court of Patiala had acquitted Navjot Singh Sidhu and his cousin for reasons of death due to heart attack. The High Court dismissed the lower court verdict in December 2006. The High Court said that Singh’s death was not due to a heart attack, but in the next part of the brain, due to injury. Blaming Sidhu for being a culprit, the court sentenced him to 3 years in jail. Supreme Court had banned Sidhu’s sentence in 2007. The court gave the judgment on the plea of the lawyer present on Sidhu’s behalf that the conclusions of the High Court are based on opinion rather than medical evidence. Sidhu’s lawyer argued that there is a lack of medical evidence and the prosecution witnesses gave separate statements before the lower court.
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