Road rage case: No question of Sidhu's resignation, says CM Amarinder

Punjab CM Amarinder defends govt stand in road rage case against minister Navjot Sidhu

Punjab CM Amarinder defends govt stand in road rage case against minister Navjot Sidhu

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony in the wake of a clash between two communities in Phagwara, while warning of stringent action against anyone found disturbing law and order in the state.

The Chief Minister announced that the state government would bear the entire expenses for the treatment of all those injured in the clashes, whether admitted to government or private hospitals.

The road rage incident dates back to December 27, 1988, when Sidhu had allegedly punched one 65-year-old Gurnam Singh in Patiala, Punjab, resulting in the latter's death. The question of the minister resigning, merely because the state government had repeated its stand of 30-years in the case before the Supreme Court, did not arise, he added. The trial court verdict was rightly set aside by the high court.

According to an official release quoting his interview on YouTube Live, the chief minister dismissed accusations that he did not like Sidhu.

While reiterating that his government could not have changed its stand in the apex court in the case against Sidhu, the Chief Minister once again expressed the hope that the judge would take cognizance of Sidhu's contribution to the society and the country in deciding the case.

Reacting to reports suggesting that the government had deliberately not supported the minister in the apex court, the Chief Minister pointed out unless the prosecution received new inputs, it was not legally possible for it to add a new element to its arguments.

After the Punjab government favoured a court verdict convicting Sidhu in the road rage case, the minister had tried to put on a courageous face, saying he was ready to carry "any burden" that he may have to because of his own government's stance, even as Opposition demanded he quit the Cabinet.

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