Sidhu acquitted in road rage case

Sidhu acquitted in road rage case By IANS On

Sidhu acquitted in road rage case By IANS On

Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) entails a maximum jail term up to one year or with a fine which may extend to Rs1,000 or both.

Counsel for the Punjab government had told a bench of Justices comprising Justice J Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the statement given by Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false.

Last month Sidhu's advocate argued in the court that it was not his client's fault behind the death of the victim in a road rage case.

A trial court had discharged Sidhu, but the state's high court reversed it and held him guilty of culpable homicide in 2006 and sentenced him for three years in jail.

However, the Punjab and Haryana high court found Sidhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and overturned the trial court's verdict.


In doing so, the apex court set aside the Punjab and Haryana High Court's verdict in the 1988 road rage case.

January 12, 2007: Arun Jaitely appears in Supreme Court and get a stay on the conviction; Sidhu and friend released on bail. When they reached the crossing, it was alleged, Gurnam Singh, driving a Maruti auto, found the Gypsy in the middle of the road and asked the occupants, Sidhu and Sandhu, to remove it.

Mr. Cheema discussed the evidence brought on record regarding the cause of death of the victim and extensively dealt with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.

In December 1988, Sidhu had allegedly hit 65-year-old Gurnam Singh after getting into an altercation over a parking space in Patiala. This exchange, according to the prosecution led to a physical assault by the appellants on the victim who was pronounced dead when he was taken to the hospital. Police claimed that Singh was beaten up by Sidhu who later fled the crime scene.

Sidhu says he died of cardiac arrest and not because of punching on the head. As per the law, an MP, MLA or an MLC immediately loses his seat on conviction and is barred from contesting elections for six years, after the end of the sentence. They were charged also fined Rs 1 lakh each.

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