A day after the Punjab government sought his conviction in a road rage case, state's minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said that he would submit to the majesty of the law. While there was no formal reaction from the Chief Minister's office, Nanda, who is in Bangkok, said, "The state could not have changed its stand in the FIR that was registered in a murder case". Sidhu may have left the saffron brigade and joined the Congress, but this did not deter the Congress-led Punjab Government from sticking to its stand on his alleged involvement in the road rage case, which resulted in the death of a person.
According to the prosecution, the case involving Sidhu is 30 years old. The lawyer present on behalf of the Punjab government said before the bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that Gurnam Singh of Patiala was killed after being punched in the head.
The Punjab minister was initially acquitted by the Patiala sessions court in 1999. When the case moved to Punjab and Haryana High Court, Navjot was convicted and sentenced to prison for culpable homicide.
The Punjab government took a clear stand against Mr Sidhu by declaring that his statement to the court was false. "The government is in a state of confusion", said Kaur. Sidhu is now out on bail in the 1988 road rage case.
He said, "The trial court verdict was rightly set aside by the high court". Aam Aadmi Party MLA and the Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira said, "It is now up to Sidhu whether he can sit in the same Cabinet and the government which finds him guilty".
Appearing for the Punjab government, Advocate Sanram Singh Saron had said "there is not a single piece of evidence which suggests that the cause of death was cardiac arrest and not brain hemorrhage as concluded by the trial court". The Congress government's statements came after a local court reversed the judgement of a trial court, which had earlier discharged the Punjab minister, and sentenced him to serve three years in jail.
Sidhu had challenged the High Court order of his conviction in the Apex Court which had granted him bail.