In yet another jolt to the Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, his own government has said that the former cricketer should serve three years in jail as ordered by a court.
The Punjab government has gone on to urge the Supreme Court to confirm his conviction in a road rage case of 1988.
The case is when Sidhu had allegedly hit a 65-year-old man, Gurnam Singh, on the head during an argument on a road in Patiala on December 27, 1988.
Subsequently, Gurnam Singh died in hospital of a haemorrhage.
While in 2007, the Supreme Court suspended Sidhu’s sentence and granted him bail after he appealed his conviction by the Punjab and Haryana High Court, it is the suspended sentence enabled him to contest the Lok Sabha bypolls from Amritsar.
Navjot Sidhu, now 54 yrs old, had argued in court that Gurnam Singh died of a heart attack.
The government also told the bench of Justice Jasti Chelameswar and Justice SK Kaul that Sidhu’s statement denying his involvement in the incident was false.
Navjot Sidhu, former cricketer and commentator, is currently out on bail.