Wednesday, September 12, 2018

SC puts under lens penalty for Sidhu

Four months after the Supreme Court let off ex-cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu with a paltry Rs 1,000 fine in a 30-year-old case in which a person died, another SC bench on 11 September agreed to reexamine the quantum of punishment to the Punjab Congress MLA. 
Allowing a plea for reconsideration of the judgment that altered Sidhu’s conviction to Section 323 of the IPC from the stringent Section 304-II, as was recorded by the Punjab and Haryana HC, a bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said it would only reconsider the sufficiency of punishment given to him. In its May 15 verdict, a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Kaul had said Sidhu could not be held responsible for causing the death of one Gurnam Singh, who died after allegedly being given fist blows by the Punjab legislator. PTI

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