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From Innocent To Guilty: A Timeline of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Road Rage Case

The sentence for Sidhu comes as an addition to the earlier punishment where Sidhu was asked to submit a fine of rupees 1000 by SC after he was convicted for “voluntarily causing harm” to Gurnam Singh.

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Navjot Singh Sidhu (Photo: File)

NAVJOT Singh Sidhu may be taken into custody anytime soon as the Supreme Court on Thursday awarded one year imprisonment to him in a 33-year-old road rage case that led to the death of a Patiala resident, Gurnam Singh.

Sidhu and his aide Rupinder Sandhu had reportedly assaulted Gurnam over a dispute in the parking space in 1988 and allegedly pulled him out of the car and hit him in the head. Later the victim was taken to hospital where he was declared brought dead. While Sandhu was acquitted of all the charges in 2018, the sentence for Sidhu comes as an addition to the earlier punishment where Sidhu was asked to submit a fine of rupees 1000 by Supreme Court after he was convicted for “voluntarily causing harm” to Gurnam Singh.

Here is a chronology of how this case unfolded over three decades:

December 1988: Over an issue of the parking space Sidhu and his aide Rupinder Singh Sandhu had reportedly beaten up Gurnam Singh from Patiala after pulling him out of his car. The victim was taken to the hospital where he was declared dead and the duo was booked.

September 1999: Patiala district and sessions court let off Sidhu and his friend Sandhu as it finds no evidence. This is later followed by an appeal by the Punjab govt against a trial court order.

December 2006: Punjab and Haryana HC convict Sidhu and Sandhu and book them under section 304(II) which makes them guilty of culpable homicide (not amounting to murder). They are sentenced to a three-year jail term following which Sidhu resigns as the Member of the Parliament from Amritsar.

January 11, 2007: Sidhu comes to the Punjab and Haryana HC and surrenders.

January 12, 2007: Sidhu approaches the Supreme Court which stays the conviction and gives bail to both accused. Gurnam Singh’s family now approaches the apex court against Sidhu.

May 15, 2018: Sidhu is let off from the charges under section 304(II), but is fined rupees 1,000 for “voluntarily causing hurt to the victim. Sandhu is acquitted of all charges.

September 12, 2018: Supreme Court entertains a review petition.

March 25, 2022: Supreme Court reserves verdict in the review petition.

May 19, 2022: Supreme Court awards one-year imprisonment to the Sidhu in addition to the rupees 100 fine.

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