Former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday surrendered before a court in his hometown Patiala in Punjab in a 1988 road rage case in which the Supreme Court enhanced his punishment to a year’s rigorous imprisonment over the death of a 65-year-old man.
Earlier in the day, Sidhu requested the apex court to grant him a few more weeks to surrender, citing health grounds.
Senior advocate A.M. Singhvi, appearing for Sidhu, requested to mention the matter before the court but it declined permission, asking Sidhu to give a letter, requesting more time to surrender to the registry. “Can’t mention like this,” it said.
In Patiala, a few party leaders reached his residence before his surrender to extend moral support to Sidhu, 58, a former legislator from Amritsar East and a three-time Amritsar MP from the BJP.
Sidhu surrendered in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Amit Malhan. After a medical check-up, the former cricketer-turned-politician was lodged in the Patiala Central Jail.
Sidhu has been lodged in an ordinary barrack as the AAP government in Punjab last week decided to junk special cells in jails for VIP prisoners.
Interestingly, Bikram Singh Majithia, one of the most powerful Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, is in judicial custody in the same jail where Sidhu has been lodged.
Both Sidhu and Majithia, who is facing charges in a drugs case, were once close friends but are now political enemies.
They were in fray from Amritsar East in the recently-held Assembly polls and the seat witnessed a bitter battle. They faced defeat from AAP’s greenhorn Jeevan Jyot Kaur.
With the apex court imposing the imprisonment, Sidhu said he “will submit to the majesty of law”.
“Will submit to the majesty of law…,” Sidhu, who is not averse to even sharp criticism of his own party and its policies and leaders, said in a tweet on Thursday.
The judgment came when Sidhu, riding on an elephant, was staging a protest, along with party workers, against price rise in Patiala where the incident of road rage was reported in 1988.
The apex court, which reserved the judgment in March, overturned its 2018 judgment, which had reduced the punishment for Sidhu in the case, after a review petition was filed by the family of Gurnam Singh, who had died in the incident.
On December 27, 1988, the cricketer-turned-politician and one of his friends, Rupinder Singh Sandhu, had on December 27, 1988, hit Gurnam Singh, 65, on his head near the Sheranwala Gate crossing in Patiala.
Police said Sidhu fled from the scene after committing the crime. Gurnam Singh was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.
Sidhu said Gurnam Singh died of a cardiac arrest and not because he was punched in the head.
Sidhu was acquitted of the murder charges by a trial court in September 1999. However, the Punjab High Court reversed the verdict and held Sidhu and his co-accused guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in December 2006. It sentenced them to three years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.
Both Sidhu and Sandhu filed an appeal in the Supreme Court, which stayed their conviction in 2007.
In 2018, the Supreme Court acquitted him of culpable homicide and convicted him of causing hurt in a road rage case in which one person died.
In February 2022, the apex court agreed to hear a plea seeking review of its May 15, 2018 verdict, where it let off Sidhu with a mere Rs 1,000 fine.
Rajasthan: Youth Killed After Road Rage In Jaipur, Security Tightened After Communal Clashes Erupt
Jaipur: In a shocking incident a communal violence erupted after a fight broke out between two groups in Rajasthan’s Jaipur. An incident of road rage turned fatal after which the people started to protest and started to gather on the roads. The incident occurred after two bike riders collided on the road near Mehra Colony which falls under the Subhash Chowk police station area. Both the riders started to fight after the accident occurred. Reacting to the commotion, the residents of the society intervened and asked the riders not to fight and leave.
The altercation escalated after which the people attacked the biker
One biker listened to them and left the spot. However, the other rider got furious over the residents of the colony and did not leave the spot and started fighting with the residents of the colony. The altercation escalated after which the people attacked the biker and started beating him. The man died on the spot after being attacked by the mob. The video of the incident is doing rounds on social media.
The death of the young man resulted in anger among the locals
The death of the young man resulted in anger among the locals of the area after which they started to demonstrate over the death of the youth in the road rage. The people gathered in large number on the streets and started to protest against the killing of the youth following a road rage. There are reports that thousands of people are sitting on dharna in the middle of the road. The road from Badi Chaupar to Ramganj Chaupar are closed after the protests erupted. MLA Amin Kaggi and Rafiq Khan are discussing over the matter with top police officials.
The bike rider who lost his life in the incident has been identified as Iqbal
The bike rider who lost his life in the incident has been identified as Iqbal (18). The situation in the area is tense after the death of the youth. The Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed in the area after the incident. The matter has been reported in the Ramganj Police Station. After registering the complaint the police have initiated a probe into the matter. There are no reports of arrests in connection with the matter so far.
RPG Attack On Punjab Police Intelligence Headquarters In Mohali Was To Assassinate Sidhu Moosewala, Say Sources
New Delhi, September 30: An RPG that targeted the Punjab Police’s Intelligence Headquarters in Mohali last year was actually intended for singer and rapper Sidhu Moosewala, who was shot dead in May 2022, top sources in the Delhi Police revealed. The sources said the perpetrators altered their plan, fearing a higher casualty count if the attack occurred during a gathering or meeting.
The RPG was supplied by Khalistani terrorist Harwinder Singh Sandhu
“The RPG was supplied by Khalistani terrorist Harwinder Singh Sandhu, alias Rinda and it was originally meant to be used to assassinate Sidhu Moosewala when he was at a public rally or event,”.
However, a shift in plans occurred, and the alleged gangsters and terrorists opted to target the Mohali headquarters instead in October 2022. This revelation was brought to light during an interrogation with incarcerated gangster Lawrence Bishnoi.
The RPG was illicitly smuggled into India through the Pakistan border
According to the police sources, the RPG was illicitly smuggled into India through the Pakistan border, implicating the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Rinda had reportedly enlisted members of Bishnoi’s gang to carry out the operation.
Further investigation uncovered that Canada-based fugitive terrorist Lakhbir Singh Landa had collaborated with Rinda, sharing manpower, logistics, and resources and he was also the second in command.
Rinda had previously been linked to a grenade attack
Rinda had previously been linked to a grenade attack at the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) office in Nawanshahr, Punjab, as well as the arrest of four suspected terrorists with ties to Pakistan in Haryana’s Karnal earlier in the same year.
The RPG attack in Mohali on May 9, 2022, was revealed as a conspiracy orchestrated by the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), with the support of the ISI and local gangsters.
The attackers were apprehended by the Delhi Police
The attackers, identified as Deepak from Surakhpur village in Haryana and a juvenile accomplice, were apprehended by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police five months after the incident. It was established that Rinda masterminded the attack.
Punjab Police successfully apprehended the main accused, Charat Singh, a key operative and associate of Lakhbir Singh Landa, in a joint operation with central agencies and the ATS in Maharashtra. Landa, originally from Tarn Taran district in Punjab, had relocated to Canada in 2017 due to police pressure.
Angry Over Unmarried Daughter’s Pregnancy, Family Sets Her On Fire In UP’s Hapur
In Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur, a 23-year-old unmarried woman has been allegedly set on fire by her family members after discovering her pregnancy, as reported by the police on Friday.
The incident unfolded in Nawada Khurd village, leaving the woman critically injured with burns covering over 70 percent of her body. She has since been transferred to another hospital for medical care.
The woman’s mother and brother have been detained by the authorities.
According to the police, the woman was involved in a relationship with a man from the same village and subsequently became pregnant. When her family members became aware of this, they reacted with anger.
On Thursday, September 28, the woman’s mother and brother reportedly took her to a nearby forest, doused her with petrol, and set her on fire. The victim suffered severe burns and was swiftly rushed to the hospital.
Senior police officer Rajkumar Aggarwal confirmed that an attempted murder case has been filed against the woman’s mother and brother, and an investigation is underway.
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