Former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sentenced to one year in prison for road rage.
On Thursday (May 19), the Supreme Court convicted former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu to one year in prison in an old assault case dating back to 1988. On December 27, 1988, the then-cricketer allegedly whacked a man named Gurnam Singh on the head, killing both of them. Meanwhile, a bench of judges AM Khanwilkar and SK Kaul rejected the motion to prosecute Sidhu with murder under Section 304A of the IPC.
Navjot Singh Sidhu was found guilty of voluntarily injuring another person four years ago, in 2018. However, he was acquitted of the culpable homicide allegations. The court subsequently imposed an INR 1000 fine on Sidhu. Surprisingly, the Sessions Court Judge of Patiala acquitted the now-politician-turned-cricketer in September 1999 due to a lack of evidence in the case, and the benefit of the doubt was granted to Sidhu.
The victim’s family subsequently appealed the verdict to the Punjab and Haryana High Court, where Navjot Singh Sidhu was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison in 2006. Sidhu subsequently appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court, which reduced his sentence to one year.