Navjot Singh Sidhu surrenders after being handed out 1 year sentence in road rage case
New Delhi, May 20: Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu who was given a one year jail term in connection with the 1988 road rage case has surrendered before a court in Patiala, Punjab.
Earlier he had moved the Supreme Court seeking more time to surrender.
He requested the SC for a few weeks time to surrender. Sidhu said that he needs some time to organise his medical issues.
Sidhu's counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi was asked by the court to request Chief Justice of India, N V Ramana to set up a special bench to hear the matter today. However he was unable to make a mention before the Chief Justice of India, Sidhu's team said.
Soon after the Supreme Court imposed a one-year jail term on him in a 1988 road rage case, former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu said on Thursday he "will submit to the majesty of law." Sidhu was in Patiala to take part in a protest against inflation.
"Will submit to the majesty of law...," he said in a tweet.
Will submit to the majesty of law ….— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) May 19, 2022
A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and S K Kaul on Thursday allowed the review plea filed by the victim's family on the issue of the sentence awarded to Sidhu.
Though the apex court had in May 2018 held Sidhu guilty of the offence of "voluntarily causing hurt" to a 65-year-old man in the case, it spared him a jail term and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000.
"...we feel there is an error apparent on the face of record...therefore, we have allowed the review application on the issue of sentence. In addition to the fine imposed, we consider it appropriate to impose a sentence of imprisonment for a period of one year...," the bench said while pronouncing the verdict.