On Navjot Sidhu’s Jail Term, Victim’s Family Says “We Thank God”

India: After the Supreme Court imposed a one-year jail term on cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case on Thursday, the family of the victim, Gurnam Singh, thanked the Almighty.

Asked about her reaction on the verdict, Gurnam Singh’s daughter-in-law Parveen Kaur said, “We thank Baba Ji (Almighty). We had left it to Baba ji. Whatever Baba Ji has done is right.” She refused to speak more on the matter.

The family resides at Ghalori village, five km from Patiala city.

In his reaction, Gurnam Singh’s grandson Sabby Singh just said, “We thank God.” A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and S K Kaul allowed the review plea filed by the victim’s family on the issue of the sentence awarded to Navjot Sidhu.

Though the top court had in May 2018 held Navjot Sidhu guilty of the offence of “voluntarily causing hurt” to a 65-year-old Gurnam Singh in the case, it spared him a jail term and imposed a fine of ₹ 1,000.

“…we feel there is an error apparent on the face of record .therefore, we have allowed the review application on the issue of sentence. In addition to the fine imposed, we consider it appropriate to impose a sentence of imprisonment for a period of one year…,” the bench said while pronouncing the verdict.

In September 2018, the top court had agreed to examine a review petition filed by the family members of the victim and had issued the notice, restricted to the quantum of sentence.