You submit to majesty of law: Navjot Singh Sidhu

Will submit to the law Navjot Singh Sidhu after Punjab government supports his conviction in 1988 road rage case

The Punjab government on Thursday sought conviction of state's minister Navjot Singh Sidhu in a road rage case.

Sidhu on December 27, 1988 had hit senior citizen Gurnam Singh (65) on his head after an argument between them on a road in Patiala. "The matter is subjudice and I can not react on it", a visibly upset Sidhu said in his response to the Punjab government stand at a media interaction in Hyderabad on Friday morning.

The Supreme Court commenced hearing the final arguments in the case on Thursday, almost 30 years after the man died.

Lawyer appearing for the Punjab government told Supreme Court that the statement given by Sidhu denying his involvement in the case was false.

The Tourism, Culture and Local Government minister on Friday said the "explanation" for the state government's stand in the Supreme Court can be given by the chief minister.

Meanwhile, the victim's family has appealed to the Supreme Court that the earlier sentence of three years given to Mr. Sidhu by the Punjab and Haryana High Court should be enhanced.

"The continued presence of Sidhu in the Punjab cabinet is not only utterly untenable on moral grounds but is also a grave legal and constitutional absurdity, mocking the constitution of India". Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh has always maintained that his government will not interfere in judicial matters and this case is an example the government always upholds the law.

"Even in the Assembly, Khaira acted as more loyal than the King and came to the help of the Congress government whenever we cornered it on issues of public interest. Government is in a state of confusion". "It is clear that the state government was helping Sidhu", Cheema alleged. "Whatever the verdict be, I will alone bear the burden", said Sidhu on the sidelines of a road safety week function.

A trial court in Patiala acquitted Sidhu and Sandhu, but in 2006 the HC reserved the finding and declared them guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, sentencing them for three years in jail.

Sidhu had challenged the High Court order of his conviction in the Apex Court which had granted him bail.

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