The Supreme Court on Tuesday began hearing the final arguments in the culpable homicide case, involving the three-time Amritsar MP and current cabinet minister in Punjab government, as the prime accused.
A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay K Kaul started hearing the appeal filed by Sidhu and a co-accused in the road rage case as Sidhu’s lawyer defended his client in the opening arguments.
The incident occurred around noon on December 27, 1989, when Sidhu and a friend,’Bunny’ Rupinder Singh Sandhu, got into a scuffle with a 55-year-old transporter, Gurnam Singh. Accompanied by his nephews, Avtar Singh and Jaswinder Singh, and driving a white Maruti car, Gurnam Singh tried to overtake Sidhu’s red Maruti Gypsy at a crowded intersection in Patiala’s Sheranwala Chowk.
According to eyewitnesses, a slanging match broke out after Sidhu forced the Maruti to a halt. The scuffle allegedly soon devolved into a physical battle. No match for the hard-hitting batsman and his friend, Gurnam Singh collapsed on the road. Sidhu and Bunny drove off without a backward glance after allegedly pocketing the keys of Gurnam Singh’s Maruti.
When Gurnam was taken to a hospital, he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Given the fact that Justice Chelameswar will retire on June 22, the judgment day does not look very far.