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Former Indian batting star sentenced to 1 year jail by Supreme Court for a 1988 road rage case

Former Punjab Congress President and former Indian cricketer during 1980-90s  Navjot Singh Sidhu has been sentenced to one year’s rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court in the 34-year-old road rage case.  An elderly man was killed in Sidhu’s attack.  Earlier, the Supreme Court had released him by asking him to pay a fine of Rs 1000.  Sidhu will now either be arrested or he will surrender.  Punjab Police will have to follow the law in this matter.  Sidhu may be sent to Patiala Jail to serve the sentence.

 Sidhu is currently present in Patiala.  In the morning, he demonstrated on an elephant against the central government on the issue of inflation.  In September 2018, he had filed a review petition against the sentence.

 On December 27, 1988, there was a quarrel with the elderly gentleman on the road 
 The road rage case against Sidhu dates back to the year 1988.  Sidhu got into a fight with a 65-year-old man named Gurnam Singh over parking in Patiala.  It is alleged that there was a scuffle between them in which Sidhu allegedly punched Gurnam Singh.  Later Gurnam Singh died.  Police registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against Navjot Singh Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sidhu.  Thereafter the matter reached the court.  During the hearing, the sessions court had acquitted Navjot Singh Sidhu in 1999 citing lack of evidence.  After this, the aggrieved party reached the High Court against the decision of the Sessions Court.  In the year 2006, the High Court sentenced Navjot Singh Sidhu to three years imprisonment and a fine of one lakh rupees in this case.

 Navjot Sidhu reached the Supreme Court against the sentence given by the High Court.  On May 16, 2018, the Supreme Court acquitted Sidhu under section 304IPC for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.  However, Sidhu was convicted under section 323 of the IPC, i.e. causing hurt.  He did not get a prison sentence for this.  Sidhu was released after paying a fine of only one thousand rupees.

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  Against this decision of the Supreme Court, the family of the deceased had  now filed a review petition.  They demanded that like the High Court, Sidhu should be punished under 304IPC.  The Supreme Court accepted this petition on which the decision has come today.

Navjot Singh Sidhu was one of India’s most successful batsman during 1980- 90s . He started of as a ” strokeless wonder ” during the early 1980s and use to possess solid defence which he displayed during his brief faceoff against the marauding West Indies quicks of the 1980s . Later he shot to fame during the 1987 world cup in which he was a scourge of spinners and played several impact knocks . Sidhu’s career had its ups and downs but he ended with a very decent international record  scoring  3202 runs in 51 tests at an average of 42 and 4413 runs in 136 ODIs at an average of 37 and strike rate of 70 . In the high voltage quarterfinal knockout game against formidable Pakistan in 1996 world cup Sidhu played a brilliant knock of 97 and helped India to win. Later  Shane Warne , who recently passed away  praised Sidhu’s skills of playing spin bowling very highly . Subsequently Sidhu made his name as a popular cricket  commentator and was never short of adjectives in his vocabulary giving rise to his famous ” Sidhuisms”.  Sidhu gradually moved towards politics and joined BJP.  Now he is no longer associated with the game . 

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