A new threat has been rounding on the head of Punjab tourism minister Navjot Singh Sidhu who has been back stabbed by his own government. The Congress government in Punjab has asked the Supreme Court to uphold Sidhu's conviction in the 1988 Patiala road rage case. Sidhu was granted bail by the apex court after he was convicted a three year imprisonment by the Punjab and Haryana high court. Meanwhile, the victim's family has appealed to the SC to enhance the three year jail term given by the lower court. [caption id="attachment_34156" align="alignnone" width="447"] Source[/caption] Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu who was a co-accused in the case had allegedly hit 65-year-old Gurnam Singh on December 27, 1988 after a dispute with him in Patiala. After which, Singh was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Counsel for Punjab government today told a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul that Gurnam Singh had died of brain hemorrhage, and not cardiac arrest, after being struck by Sidhu. [caption id="attachment_34166" align="alignnone" width="444"] Source[/caption]
There is not a single evidence that suggest that the cause of death was cardiac arrest and not brain hemorrhage. The trial court verdict was rightly set aside by the High Court. Accused A1 (Navjot Singh Sidhu) had given fiesty blow to deceased Gurnam Singh leading to his death through brain hemorrhage,the state government counsel told the bench. However, the Punjab and Haryana high court overturned the trial court's verdict accusing the former cricketer guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. In 2007, The supreme court suspended Sidhu’s conviction allowing him to contest elections due to the pendency of their appeals in the apex court.