Perhaps just when he thought life couldn’t get any better, BJP’s high profile MP and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu was today convicted by Punjab and Haryana High Court for the death of a person following a scuffle in 1988, overturning a lower court verdict acquitting him.
Ouch! Can you imagine, being cleared and then found guilty? That’s painful!
Besides 43-year-old Sidhu, the High Court also convicted his accomplice Bhupinder Singh Sandhu, who too was acquitted by the lower court. A division bench comprising Justices Mehtab Singh Gill and Baldev Singh found both of them guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder of Gurnam Singh in Patiala on December 27, 1988.
The court fixed December 6 for pronouncing the quantum of sentence, which could range from ten years in prison to life imprisonment. Sidhu was in Parliament when the High Court order came. He immediately left the premises and became incommunicado.
Sidhu who was dubbed a political novice and outsider by his Congress rival RL Bhatia, won the Amritsar seat with a margin of over one lakh (100,000) votes. The votes were as much for Sidhu’s star status as for the fact that Bhatia had failed to contribute much for his constituency even though he had been elected for a record six times.
RL Bhatia is now Governor of …(sic)….. Kerala.