Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Thursday sought conviction of Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in connection with a 1988 road rage case. It told the Supreme Court that the Punjab and Haryana High Court was correct in convicting its incumbent minister.
The cricketer-turned-politician, who deserted the BJP and joined the Congress days before the Punjab assembly election in 2017, holds the tourism portfolio in the Chief Minister Amrendra Singh Cabinet.
Counsel for the Punjab government told a bench of Justices comprising Justice J Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the statement given by Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false.
The state government counsel told the apex court that the victim had died after he was given fist blow by Sidhu. Identified as 65-year-old Gurnam Singh, the victim was a resident of Patiala.
Appearing for the Punjab government, Advocate Sanram Singh Saron said, “there is not a single evidence which suggests that the cause of death was cardiac arrest and not brain haemorrhage as concluded by the trial court”.
He said, “The trial court verdict was rightly set aside by the High Court. Accused A1 (Navjot Singh Sidhu) had given fist blow to deceased Gurnam Singh leading to his death through brain haemorrhage”. Concluding his arguments, Saron said the trial court was wrong in its finding the man died of cardiac arrest and not brain haemorrhage.
The hearing will be continued on April 17, 2018 when Sidhu’s counsel senior advocate R S Cheema will give the rebuttal to state government’s argument. Sidhu was acquitted of the murder charges of Gurnam Singh by the trial court in September 1999.