Navjot Singh Sidhu gets ‘rigorous’ one-yr jail term in old road rage case

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The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Sidhu to one-year imprisonment in a 34-year-old road rage case in which a man had died.

A Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar, which had on March 25 reserved its verdict on a petition seeking review of its order letting off Sidhu with a fine of Rs 1,000 in the case – allowed the review petition seeking enhancement of his sentence.

“I welcome the verdict,” review petitioner’s counsel Sudhir Walia told a leading newspaper.

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Navjot Sidhu, 58, has to surrender before a court to serve a year’s “rigorous imprisonment”. “Will submit to the majesty of law…,” tweeted the former Punjab Congress chief, who had participated in a protest this morning.

The Supreme Court was hearing a petition by the family of a man who died after a brawl with Sidhu and his associate in 1988.

For over three decades, the incident and its legal aftermath had been haunting Sidhu.