Former Punjab Congress chief and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Thursday sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Supreme Court in the 1988 road rage case. In 2018, the Supreme Court left Sidhu with a fine of just Rs 1000.
Former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu will surrender in Patiala court today after being sentenced to one year by the Supreme Court in the 34-year-old road rage case. According to the information, Sidhu will reach Patiala Court with supporters at 10 am and will surrender. Sidhu’s supporters from all over Punjab have been called to Patiala.
On Thursday, Sidhu was sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Supreme Court in the 1988 road rage case. In 2018, the Supreme Court left Sidhu with a fine of just Rs 1000. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul observed that there is an error in the 2018 judgment, which needs to be rectified. The top court said that it had missed out on an important aspect that Sidhu was an international cricketer with a good stature.
He was well aware of the power of a blow. Not only this, he had attacked a person twice his age. The bench has said in its order, the hand of a boxer, wrestler, cricketer or fit person can also be a weapon. You may have lost your temper in the circumstances that have arisen, but still one will have to face the consequences of anger. Emphasizing on maintaining a fair ratio between the gravity of the offense and the punishment, the apex court observed that a disproportionately mild punishment humiliates and depresses the victim of the crime.