Former cricketer and Punjab Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu was today acquitted by the Supreme Court of a culpable homicide against a 30-year-old in a road rage case for which he was awarded three-year jail term.

Though the bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had acquitted Sidhu of culpable homicide not amounting to murder charges, Singh was convicted for causing simple injury and therefore was imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 without any jail term.

The court also acquitted other accused, his cousin Rupinder Singh Sandhu, of all charges.

The verdict comes as a big relief for the cricketer-turned-politician as it will not lead to his disqualification as an MLA and a Minister in the Punjab government. As per law, an MLA stands disqualified if he is sentenced to a jail term of two years or more.

On April 12 this year, the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government had supported the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court convicting the minister. It told the apex court that the 65-year-old victim had died after a fist blow from the cricketer-turned-politician.

news credits: ians/business standard

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