SC reopens 1988 road rage case against Navjot Sidhu

Fresh trouble appears to be brewing for former cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.
The Supreme Court has agreed to entertain a petition seeking review of its May 15 verdict that let off Sidhu with Rs 1,000 fine in a 1988 road rage case in which a Patiala resident Gurnam Singh died, saying there was no sufficient evidence to prove the harsher charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against him.A bench of justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul issued notice to Sidhu on Tuesday on the petition filed by the victim’s family. The formal order, uploaded on the SC website on Wednesday, however, says the notice is restricted to the quantum of sentence qua Sidhu only. Sidhu refused to comment on ‘reopening’ of the case.The May 15 verdict brought relief to Sidhu as it enabled him to continue as a minister in the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government. “I am disappointed, but the family has accepted the decision as God’s will” was how Narvedinder Singh, Gurnam’s son, had reacted following the SC order that spared Sidhu any jail time.

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