NEW DELHI: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was given a year of rigorous imprisonment by India’s Supreme Court on Thursday in a 34-year-old road rage case.

The court changed an earlier Supreme Court order that let off Mr Sidhu with a fine.

A Special Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul reviewed the apex court’s May 2018 judgement, which had let off Mr Sidhu with a fine of 1,000 Indian rupees, saying such roadside brawls were a “very common sight in this country”.

The decision came in a review petition filed by the family of the victim, Gurnam Singh, who died in the road rage incident in 1988.

Justice Kaul, reading out the judgement, said the court felt, on the basis of the facts placed before it, that it would have to review the judgement in terms of sentence.

Published in Dawn, May 20th, 2022

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