No question of Sidhu resigning over road rage case: Amarinder Singh

Postado Abril 15, 2018

Defending his government's stance in Supreme Court over Navjot Singh Sidhu road rage case, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that it was the only legal option available.

After the Punjab government sought his conviction in the road rage case, Sidhu on Friday said he would submit to the majesty of the law.

The road rage incident dates back to December 27, 1988, when Sidhu had allegedly punched one 65-year-old Gurnam Singh in Patiala, Punjab, resulting in the latter's death.

According to an official release quoting his interview on YouTube Live, the chief minister dismissed accusations that he did not like Sidhu.

Last week, the state government in the Supreme Court had favoured the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict convicting and awarding a three-year jail term to Sidhu in the 1988 case.

The categorical clarification from the Chief Minister came amid reports suggesting that Sidhu had been asked to resign, and also in the wake of the demand from the opposition that he should step down.

"Though government couldn't have taken any other stand in the apex court other than what it had been taken in the trial and high court earlier, Sidhu deserves court's consideration", Amarinder said.

As the state prosecution, the government's lawyers had stated a certain viewpoint in the trial court as well as the High Court, he noted, adding that, in the absence of any fresh evidence, there was no way of changing that stand before the Supreme Court.

The high court sentenced them to three-year imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the convicts.

After the Punjab government favoured a court verdict convicting Sidhu in the road rage case, the minister had tried to put on a courageous face, saying he was ready to carry "any burden" that he may have to because of his own government's stance, even as Opposition demanded he quit the Cabinet.