Mumbai: Navjot Singh Sidhu, who was sentenced to one year in jail for a 1988 road rage incident that killed a man, has surrendered before Chief Judicial Magistrate in Punjab’s Patiala. He had earlier requested a few more weeks to surrender on health grounds.
Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for Navjot Sidhu in the Supreme Court, was asked by Justice AM Khanwilkar to approach Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. But “the matter could not be mentioned before the Chief Justice”, Mr Sidhu’s team said.
Mr Sidhu had yesterday tweeted after the order that he would “submit to the majesty of law”.
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a one-year “rigorous imprisonment” for the cricketer-turned-politician, who had recently resigned as Punjab Congress chief following his party’s defeat in the state elections.
Opposing Mr. Sidhu’s request for time off, the counsel representing Punjab said: “34 years does not mean that the crime dies. ow the judgment is pronounced, they want three-four weeks again.”
Mr Singhvi replied: “I am saying I will surrender. It’s your discretion to consider.”
Justice Khanwilkar said: “Place a formal application and we will see. File this and mention it before the Chief Justice’s court, then we will see.”
The Supreme Court had yesterday delivered its verdict on a petition filed by the family of a man who died in 1988 after a dispute with Sidhu and his friend. The family had sought a review of the Supreme Court’s 2018 order of severe punishment and acquittal. to murder him.
On December 27, 1988, Mr Sidhu got into an argument with Gurnam Singh, a resident of Patiala, over a parking spot. Mr Sidhu and his friend, Rupinder Singh Sandhu, allegedly dragged Gurnam Singh out of his car and hit him. He later died in hospital.
Mr Sidhu was accused by an eyewitness of killing Gurnam Singh with a blow to the head.