The Supreme Court sentenced Congress politician Navjot Singh Sidhu to one year in prison on Thursday in a 1988 road rage case in which one person was murdered.
The cricketer-turned-politician accepted the SC verdict and tweeted “Will submit to the majesty of law ….”
The former Punjab Congress president was previously fined Rs 1,000 by the Supreme Court. While hearing a review petition filed by the victim’s family on the matter of Sidhu’s sentencing, a Supreme Court bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and SK Kaul expanded the extent of punishment.
Last month, the Supreme Court postponed ruling on a petition seeking harsher penalty for the former minister, such as culpable homicide or even murder, rather than just causing harm.
“There is no conclusive evidence to demonstrate that the one fist strike caused the death of a 65-year-old man,” the cricketer-turned-politician told the Supreme Court. He also accused the victim’s family of attempting to revive the case in a “malicious manner.”
“As there was no evidence whatsoever that the death was caused by the single blow by the answering respondent (even assuming the incident did take place), this honourable court rightly concluded that the same would fall under Section 323 IPC,” Sidhu’s affidavit before the court stated.