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Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 1988 road rage case plea to be reviewed by SC on February 25

The Supreme Court said on Thursday that it would hear a petition seeking a review of the sentence given to cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a 32-year-old road rage case on February 25.

The case was scheduled for hearing before a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and S K Kaul on February 25, after Sidhu’s attorney circulated a letter requesting an adjournment.

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Sidhu’s lawyer, senior attorney P Chidambaram, asked the bench to postpone the hearing until February 23.

The issue will be heard on February 25, according to the bench.

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Sidhu is the President of the Punjab Congress, and the state assembly poll is set for February 20.

On May 15, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned a Punjab and Haryana High Court ruling convicting Sidhu of culpable murder and sentenced him to three years in prison in the case, but found him guilty inflicting harm to a senior person.

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Although Sidhu was found guilty of “voluntarily inflicting harm” to a 65-year-old man, the Supreme Court saved him from imprisonment and instead issued a sentence of Rs 1,000.

Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code (the penalty for voluntarily inflicting harm) has a maximum sentence of one year in prison or a fine of up to Rs 1,000, or both.

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The Supreme court also cleared Rupinder Singh Sandhu, Sidhu’s aide, of all charges, stating that there was no reliable proof of his presence with Sidhu at the time of the crime in December 1988.

In September 1999, Sidhu was cleared of the murder charges by the trial court.

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While allowing Sidhu and Sandhu’s appeals, the Supreme Court stated that the medical evidence about the cause of death of victim Gurnam Singh was “totally unclear.”

The convictions of Sidhu and Sandhu in the case were stayed by the Supreme Court in 2007.

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