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No Reaction: Sidhu After Punjab Govt Seeks Conviction in ‘98 Case

Sidhu holds multiple portfolios including Cultural Affairs and Tourism, in the Captain Amarinder Singh-led govt.

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Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi (left) and Navjot Singh Sidhu (right).
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A day after the Congress government in Punjab sought the conviction of its minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in the Supreme Court, in connection with a road rage case, Sidhu on Friday, 13 April, has said that he has ‘no reactions’ on the development.

I don’t have any reactions, you submit to the majesty of the law.

The lawyer appearing for the Punjab government had told the apex court on Thursday, 12 April, that the statement given by Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false.

Sidhu, a cabinet rank minister, holds multiple portfolios including Cultural Affairs and Tourism, in the Captain Amarinder Singh-led government in the state.

On 20 March 2018, the Supreme Court finally began hearing the appeal filed by Sidhu against his conviction by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Sidhu, a cricketer-turned-politician was acquitted of the killing of Gurnam Singh by the trial court in 1999, but the acquittal was overturned by the high court in 2006, with him being convicted under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).

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On December 27, 1988, victim Gurnam Singh, was travelling to Patiala along with his relatives Jaswinder Singh and Avtar Singh in a Maruti car. The trio were reportedly on their way to the bank, ahead of Gurnam’s son’s wedding.

A Maruti Gypsy (PAD-6030) was reportedly blocking the road. When Gurnam asked the occupants of the car to move, Sidhu got out, allegedly dragged Gurnam out and beat him up.

When the relatives went to Gurnam’s rescue, the co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu reportedly attacked them.

Sidhu and Sandhu fled away and allegedly took the keys of Gurnam’s car along. Gurnam, who was taken to a hospital Hospital by in a rickshaw, where doctors declared him dead. Jaswinder then lodged a complaint, leading to an FIR being filed against Sidhu and Sandhu for murder.

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