In the 30 year old case against cricketer turned politician, Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Supreme Court has finally pronounced its verdict. The apex court has acquitted the Punjab Cabinet Minister under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). However Sidhu has been convicted under section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) for which he has been fined Rs 1,000.
It shall be noted that the Punjab and Haryana High Court had awarded 3 year imprisonment to Sidhu for the offence. Following which, the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government had allegedly uphold in the top court the high court’s judgment that convict and award three-year jail term to Sidhu.
The court also acquitted the other accused, his cousin Rupinder Singh Sandhu, of all charges.
The case dates back to December 27, 1988, when Sidhu had allegedly hit a 65-year-old man Gurnam Singh on the head during an argument on a road in Patiala. Gurnam Singh had later on died of brain haemorrhage.