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Navjot Singh Sidhu wants ‘few weeks’ from Supreme Court to surrender in road rage case

Prime News, National, Crime, Judiciary, Politics, New Delhi, May 20:- Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday (May 20) approached the Supreme Court seeking a few weeks’ time to surrender to undergo the sentence imposed on him in a 1988 road rage case.

The matter was mentioned by Sidhu’s lawyer and senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Friday morning before Justice A M Khanwilkar who had headed the bench which delivered the verdict against Sidhu on Thursday (May 19).

“He will of course surrender shortly,” Singhvi told the bench, adding, “We want a few weeks to surrender. It is after 34 years. He wants to organise his medical affairs.”

The bench, also comprising Justice J B Pardiwala, told Singhvi that the judgement in the matter was passed by a special bench. “You can file that application and mention it before the Chief Justice. If the Chief Justice constitutes that bench today, we will consider that. If that bench is not available, it will have to be constituted. A special bench was constituted for that matter,’ the bench observed.

Singhvi then said he will try to mention the matter before the Chief Justice.

The top court had on Thursday sentenced Sidhu to one-year rigorous imprisonment in a 1988 road-rage case, saying any undue sympathy to impose an inadequate sentence would do more harm to the justice system and undermine the public confidence in the efficacy of law. The court enhanced the sentence of Sidhu to one-year rigorous imprisonment in the road rage incident in which a 65-year-old man had died. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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