Navjot Sidhu, former Indian cricketer and presently Member of Indian Parliament (BJP) was convicted in murder case today by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for causing the death of a Patiala resident following a scuffle in 1988, overturning his acquittal by a lower court.
And according to other news making headlines,
Navjot Singh Sidhu today resigned from the Lok Sabha following his conviction in a case of death in a road rage involving him 18 years ago.
I don’t know if he has been convicted rightly or not but he has given example of an Ideal Public Servant (IPS) who fights for the rights of one’s people. And the one who knows his moral duties. As per his statement in resignation quoted in news, he wrote –
“I always stood for truth and moral grounds and these principles which are above any office or power that I hold“.
I am proud that we have some IPSs in our country otherwise I am completely disappointed from UPA government’s ministers…like Lalu Prasad Yadav and Shibu Soren who are holding their ministries even after getting convicted in so many criminal cases.
In past also, Sidhu has been standing against the injustice despite the his position in party and the political pressure. I have been wathing his dareness in commentry, social front and his professional front and almost every cricket-lover in India knows, how did he performed in his career and the stands which made him call it a quit. He is a youth icon for lot of Indians specially when he came forward against reservation issue when no political party was going against it.
Well done, Mr. Sidhu. We are proud of you.
Here are the news excerpts –
BJP MP and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Friday convicted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for causing the death of a Patiala resident following a scuffle in 1988, overturning his acquittal by a lower court.
A division bench comprising Justices Mehtab Singh Gill and Baldev Singh found 43-year-old Sidhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and fixed December 6 for pronouncing the quantum of sentence.
Patiala district and session judge had acquitted Sidhu in September 1999 of the charge of causing death to Gurnam Singh following a scuffle. The Punjab government went to the High Court challenging the lower court verdict.
Sidhu, who was in Delhi when the judgement was pronounced, could face sentence upto life imprisonment. An FIR registered on December 27, 1988 alleged that Sidhu and Bhupinder Singh Sandhu hit Gurnam Singh after dragging him out his car.
Hours after the Punjab and Haryana High Court convicted Sidhu, he drove to Parliament House and tendered his resignation to Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
“In an 18-year-old case arising out of an alleged road rage, the honourable High Court has passed an adverse order against me holding me guilty. The High Court will hear my lawyers on Wednesday with regard to the quantum of punishment.
“Without resorting to technical arguments with regard to what the quantum of punishment will be and my right to challenge the judgement in appeal, I tender my resignation as member of Lok Sabha,” said Sidhu, who was elected from Amritsar in the 2004 general elections.
He said in the letter to the Speaker that he had always stood for truth and moral grounds and these principles “are above any office or power that I hold”.
When the House is in session, the Speaker’s decision on a member’s resignation is generally announced in the House.
With the Tis Hazari court in New Delhi all set to pronounce the sentence on Shibu Soren in the Sashi Nath Jha murder case on Thursday, the CBI will seek death penalty for Soren and his associate Nand Kishore Mehta.
The conviction of Soren and his subsequent resignation from the Union Cabinet will have far-reaching effects on the politics in the state.