A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul had on April 18 reserved its judgement in the case in which Sidhu, who had quit the BJP and joined the Congress days before the Punjab assembly election previous year, had claimed that evidence about the cause of death of victim Gurnam Singh was contradictory and the medical opinion in this regard was "vague".
2002: The Punjab government files appeal against acquittal. Gurnam taken to a hospital where he is declared dead. Senior lawyer RS Cheema, who was leading Sidhu's case, had said before the bench, the order of the High Court was not based on medical evidence, it was based on conjecture and there is no justification for such an estimate.
"A1 (Sidhu) is guilty of Section 323 of IPC".
Sidhu now has to only pay a fine of Rs 1,000 for voluntarily causing hurt under the Indian Penal Code. "I have sent a message to Rahul Gandhi ji & Priyanka Gandhi ji that my life is yours", ANI quoted the Congress minister soon after the Supreme Court acquitted Sindhu in the road rage case.
Singh was beaten up by Sidhu and later fled the crime scene.
The Trial Court had acquitted the appellants in 1999 on the grounds that the death of the victim was caused due to cardiac arrest and not due to the injuries sustained in the assault.
Reversing the high court's ruling, the apex court acquitted him of a serious charge of culpable homicide (killing of a man that does not amount to murder) but found him guilty of a much lesser charge. As per the law, an MP, MLA or an MLC immediately loses his seat on conviction and is barred from contesting elections for six years, after the end of the sentence. After the announcement of the judgement by the High Court, Sidhu had chose to approach the Supreme Court.