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Navjot Singh Sidhu surrenders before Patiala court in road rage case

Navjot Singh Sidhu surrenders before Patiala court in road rage case

Former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday surrendered before a Patiala court a day after the Supreme Court sentenced him to one-year jail term in a 34-year-old road rage case, PTI reported.

Sidhu had hit a person named Gurnam Singh on December 27, 1988 following an argument. Singh had died after the incident.

Earlier on Friday, Sidhu had asked for a few weeks to surrender, citing medical reasons, PTI reported.

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Sidhu, told the Supreme Court that his client needed a few weeks to settle his medical issues, reported PTI.

“He will of course surrender shortly,” Singhvi told the bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar. “We want a few weeks to surrender. It [the sentence] is after 34 years. He wants to organise his medical affairs.”

Justice JB Pardiwala directed Singhvi to submit an application as the judgement was passed by a special bench.

“You can file that application and mention it before the Chief Justice,” the bench observed. “If the Chief Justice constitutes that bench today, we will consider that. If that bench is not available, it will have to be constituted.”

The road rage case

In September 1999, a trial court had acquitted Sidhu of all charges.

Reversing the verdict, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in December 2008, held...

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