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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Supreme Court stays Navjot Singh Sidhu's conviction in road rage case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the conviction of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a case of manslaughter.

"The order of conviction dated December 1, 2006, is suspended," a Supreme Court division bench comprising Justices G P Mathur and R V Raveendran observed, allowing Sidhu's petition seeking stay of the Punjab and Haryana High Court's judgment in the case.

The Supreme Court further said the conviction of Navjot Singh Sidhu will not be operative till the disposal of his appeal against the High Court judgment.

The High Court had convicted and sentenced Sidhu to a three-year prison term for culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of 65-year-old Gurnam Singh in 1988 in Patiala.

This stay on conviction cleared Navjot Singh Sidhu's way to contest the Lok Sabha by-election from Amritsar in Punjab, say legal experts.

Navjot Singh Sidhu was found guilty in December 2006 of beating Gurnam Singh death in a 1988 parking dispute. His three-year jail term had been suspended to allow time to appeal.

Under the law, a person convicted of a criminal offence is debarred from contesting elections until six years after his sentence.

Sidhu became a Member of Parliament (Bharatiya Janata Party) in 2004, but resigned from the seat in December 2006 following the conviction.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken up the case following appeals by the family of Sidhu's victim, Gurnam Singh, and the Punjab Government after Sidhu was acquitted by a lower court in 1999.

Sidhu, 43, once a flamboyant batsman, became famous as a cricket commentator on Indian TV channels for his wisecracks.

He played in 51 Test matches for India between 1983 and 1999, scoring an average of 42.13 runs.


posted by a correspondent @ 8:08 AM  
  • At 1:59 AM, March 17, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The whole nation is concerned over the hanging warrant of Sarab jit Singh but where are Navjot Sidhu and the other MP from Punjab who tried to gain political mileage at the cost of this unfortunate family.They were on the TV all the time to gain popularity at the cost of this pure family, now they have vanished. That;s the character of Sidhu. Ravi Wahi, Gurgaon.

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