New Delhi, May 19: Former Punjab Congress president, Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Thursday sentenced to imprisonment of one-year by the Supreme Court in a three-decade-old road rage case in which one person was killed during a scuffle with Siddhu.
The Congress leader was earlier awarded a penalty of Rs 1,000 by the apex court. However, while hearing a petition filed by the victim’s family, the Supreme Court had enhanced the punishment.
The deceased’s family had filed a petition at the top court in which they had demanded stricter punishment for the former minister such as culpable homicide, or even murder, than just causing hurt.
In his defense, Siddhu had said that there is no conclusive evidence to prove that the single fist blow led to the death of a 65-year-old man.
Siddhu also accused the victim’s family of making a “malicious attempt” to get the case reopened.
“There is no conclusive evidence that the injury caused by the accused resulted in the death of the person, as there was no evidence whatsoever that the death was caused by the single blow by the answering respondent (even assuming the incident did take place), this honourable court rightly concluded that the same would fall under Section 323 IPC,” read the affidavit filed by Sidhu before the court.