The Congress government in Punjab on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to uphold the conviction of one of its own ministers, Navjot Singh Sidhu, in a three-decade-old road rage case.
Sidhu is a Cabinet minister in Amarinder Singh government and holds multiple portfolios including Cultural Affairs and Tourism.
A Lawyer appearing for the Punjab government told the Supreme Court on today that the statement given by Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false, ANI reported.
The government has appealed to the top court to uphold 3-year imprisonment awarded to Sidhu by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The incident dates back to 1988 when Sidhu had allegedly hit one Gurnam Singh, 65, in an incident of road rage at Patiala, Punjab, resulting in the death of Gurnam.
The trial court had acquitted Sidhu, whereas the Punjab and Haryana High Court reversed his acquittal, convicting him under Section 304 Part II, IPC, for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Sidhu moved the Supreme court challenging the High Court's order sentencing him and co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu to three years in jail. During the hearing at the Supreme Court on March 22, the cricketer-turned-politician submitted that he was innocent.
Sidhu added that it was also being proved by the medical report that Gurnam died due to sudden heart failure. On March 22, the SC had begun hearing the appeal that h...