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Road rage case: Supreme Court to hear review plea against conviction of Congress leader Navjot Sidhu on March 25

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The Supreme Court will hear a review petition against the conviction of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a road rage case on March 25.

A review petition has been filed in the Apex Court on behalf of the victim’s family. An intervention petition has also been filed in the Apex Court in the matter.

Earlier on February 25, a Bench comprising Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul had issued notice to the Congress leader, seeking his response over a review petition filed on the sentence given to him in the case.

The intervention petition sought punishment under Section 304 of IPC to Sidhu. Further, the petitioner cited the post-mortem report and said there was a possibility of death due to serious head injury, since the post-mortem report clearly stated that there was no death due to heart attack.

The petitioner further said that in the incident in which someone died, it was wrong to impose only a Section of the assault.

Earlier in September 2018, Sidhu was held guilty under Section 323 of the Indian Penal Code (voluntary hurt) that entails a maximum jail term of one year or with a fine up to Rs 1,000 or both.

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The bench had issued notice to Sidhu on the limited question of revisiting the quantum of punishment awarded to him by the Apex Court in its May 2018 decision that held him guilty for causing hurt and directed payment of fine of Rs 1,000.

The review petitions have been filed by the family members of 65-year-old Gurnam Singh, who died in the road rage incident involving Sidhu and his friend.

In an affidavit in response to a court notice issued in September 2018, Sidhu had said that his impeccable political and sporting career should be considered. Sidhu claimed that he has worked for the welfare of people at large as a Parliamentarian.

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