Ex-PPCC Chief Navjot Sidhu Surrenders In Supreme Court, Will Be Lodged In Patiala Jail Now

Senior Congress leader and Ex-PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu will be lodged in Patiala jail, as today he surrendered before the Patiala court in the 1988 road rage case, a day after the Supreme Court convicted him and sentenced him to a one-year rigorous imprisonment. Navjot Sidhu had yesterday tweeted that he would “submit to the majesty of law” and this morning, reports had suggested he would surrender at a court in Punjab’s Patiala.

Surinder Dalla, the media advisor to Sidhu, said:

“He (Navjot Singh Sidhu) has surrendered himself before the Chief Judicial Magistrate. He is under judicial custody. Medical examination and other legal procedures will be adopted.”

The judgment came when Sidhu, riding on an elephant, was staging a protest along with party workers against the inflation, in Patiala, where the incident of road rage was reported in 1988.

The Supreme 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.

Lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who appeared for Navjot Sidhu in the Supreme Court, was told by Justice AM Khanwilkar to approach the Chief Justice of India NV Ramana. But the “matter could not be mentioned before the Chief Justice”, said Mr Sidhu’s team. 

Opposing Mr Sidhu’s request for time, the counsel representing Punjab said: “34 years does not mean the crime dies. Now the judgment is pronounced, they want three-four weeks again.” On Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered one-year “rigorous imprisonment” for Navjot Singh Sidhu, who recently quit as Punjab Congress chief after his party’s defeat in the state election.

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