Thirty years on, final arguments in Navjot Singh Sidhu road rage case begin in SC

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.