Road rage: Ex-cricket star Sidhu acquitted of culpable homicide charges, convicted for causing hurt

 New Delhi, May 15 (UNI) Former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was acquitted by the Supreme Court on Monday in culpable homicide charges, but was convicted of the offence of causing hurt.
Headed by Justice Jasti Chelameswar, and also comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, the bench slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on Sidhu, who is currently a member of the Council of Ministers in Punjab.
On April 18, the apex court had reserved its judgement on an appeal filed by Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case.
The Supreme Court also acquitted Sidhu’s associate, Rupinder Singh Sandhu, in the case.
Punjab government had on April 12, 2018, sought conviction of Sidhu and urged the SC to uphold the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the road rage case.
According to the prosecution, the case involving Sidhu dated back 30 years. It took place on December 27, 1988, when in road rage, Sidhu allegedly thrashed Gurnam Singh, who succumbed to his injuries.
The acquittal was challenged by the state and the victim’s families before the High Court, which had in 2006, convicted and sentenced Sidhu to three years imprisonment.
On September 22, 1999, giving the benefit of doubt, the Sessions Court Judge of Patiala had acquitted Sidhu and his associate, Rupinder Singh Sandhu, due to lack of evidence in the case.
Sidhu had moved the apex court against the 2006 order of the HC.