New Delhi, September 12: A road rage case filed against Congress leader Navjot Sidhu in 1998 will be reopened by the Supreme Court to see whether he would be sent to jail. One person was killed in the incident 20 years ago. The Supreme Court in May acquitted him with a paltry fine of Rs. 1,000 after it decided there was no evidence to prove his hand in the death of the man.
The top court’s latest order came on a review petition filed by the family of the man who died in the incident. A Supreme Court bench of Justices J Chelameswar (now retired) and Sanjay Kishan Kaul in May acquitted the Congress leader with the fine.
The review petition was then examined by a two-judge bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul.
On December 27, 1988, Mr Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu got into an argument with Gurnam Singh over parking space in Patiala. The duo allegedly dragged Gurnam Singh out of his car and hit him. He later died.
A sessions court had acquitted Mr Sidhu and Mr Sandhu in 1999, but the order was quashed by the high court, which convicted them and awarded them a three-year jail term in 2006.