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Navjot Singh Sidhu acquitted of culpable homicide in the 1988 Road Rage Case: Supreme Court fines him for "causing injury"
Posted on: 15-05-2018 , 01:28:PM | DY365 Bureau

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May 15, 2018: In a recent development the Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a lower court's order and acquitted Punjab Congress minister Navjot Singh Sidhu of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the 1988 Patiala road rage case.


However, the court found him guilty for S.323 IPC (voluntarily causing hurt) and sentenced him with am fine of Rs. 1000 only. His co-accused Rupinder Singh Sandhu has been acquitted of all the charges.
Earlier a trial court had discharged Sidhu, but the High Court reversed it and held him guilty of culpable homicide in 2006. He was given three years in jail. In 2007, the Supreme Court suspended Sidhu's sentence and granted him bail after he appealed his conviction by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The suspended sentence enabled him to contest the Lok Sabha bypolls from Amritsar.
It may be stated that both the accused-appellants were charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of one Gurnam Singh. The case of the prosecution was that in December 1988, the victim and the appellants got into a heated exchange over a vehicle belonging to the appellants which was allegedly parked in the middle of the road. This exchange, according to the prosecution led to a physical assault by the appellants on the victim who was pronounced dead when he was taken to the hospital.

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