Punjab Newsline Network
06 December 2006
CHANDIGARH: Navjot Singh Sidhu, the cricketer turned politicians was Wednesday awarded three years imprisonment and a fine of Rs.One lakh by the Punjab and Haryana High Court here in a culpable homicide case.The court has suspended the sentence till January 31 to allow Sidhu to file an appeal in the Supreme Court.
The 43-year-old high-profile former Indian opener and BJP MP, who resigned as BJP member of Lok Sabha last week after being convicted of causing the death of an elderly man on a Patiala street 18 years ago, heard the sentencing in a jampacked Punjab and Haryana High Court. He had resigned his LOk Sabha seat after his convinction on December 2 last.
Reacting to the judgement, Sidhu, who was also fined Rs one lakh to be paid to the widow of the deceased Gurnam Singh, maintained he was not guilty but came to the court in deference to law. He said he would definitely appeal against the judgement.
"For me what is not morally correct is also not politically correct and I am happy that the entire nation is with me," he said.
Co-convict Rupinder Singh Sandhu was also given three years rigorous imprisonment by Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice Baldev Singh, who had held the two guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder which carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, a term strongly demanded by the prosecution this morning.
The court directed both the convicts to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 each with the surety of like amount before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) at Chandigarh on or before December 08 while suspending the sentence till January 31 to allow them a file an appeal in the Supreme Court.
Sandhu was directed to pay Rs 90,000 out of the total fine of Rs one lakh to the widow and remaining Rs 10,000 to prosecution witness Jaswinder Singh.
Day of reckoning for Sidhu
6 Dec, 2006 IANS
CHANDIGARH: Navjot Singh Sidhu, former cricketer, commentator, popular TV talk show host and former MP, on Wednesday reached the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a crucial hearing that will determine the quantum of punishment to be awarded to him.
On December 1, Sidhu had been convicted for causing the death of 65-year-old Gurnam Singh in Patiala in a road rage case in 1988, man following a scuffle. His friend R S Sandhu was also convicted for the same offence.
Sidhu, who was accompanied by former law minister and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) colleague Arun Jaitley and a battery of top lawyers from Delhi and Chandigarh, was whisked inside the court premises as soon as he arrived.
There was heavy security in and around the high court complex where a bench of Justices Mehtab Singh Gill and Baldev Singh will pronounce the sentence for the high profile case.