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Friday, December 01, 2006

Sidhu found guilty for murder case

National NewsThe Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday convicted cricketer-turned-MP Navjot Singh Sidhu for causing the death of a Patiala resident following a scuffle in 1988.

A division bench, comprising Justices Mehtab Singh Gill and Baldev Singh, overturned his earlier acquittal by a lower court and found 43-year-old Sidhu guilty of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, for the death of Gurnam Singh.

Gurnam Singh died on December 27, 1988 after Sidhu and his associate had allegedly beaten him at a Patiala market following a dispute. Gurman Singh had actually died of a heart attack on the spot after the incident.

The court will decide on the quantum of punishment for Sidhu on Wednesday, December 6.

Sidhu, who was in Parliament in Delhi when the verdict was pronounced and soon announced his intention to resign from Lok Sabha where he represents Amritsar.

In a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, he said he was seeking permission of his party leaders to resign from the Lok Sabha maintianing that he always stood for truth and moral grounds.

Under Section 304 of IPC, the maximum sentence could be imprisonment for up to 10 years.

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