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SC verdict: Almighty has always helped him tide over difficult circumstances, says Sidhu

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Hours after spared him a jail term in a 1988 road rage case, today said that the Almighty has always helped him tide over difficult circumstances.

will not have to go to jail as the held him guilty only of causing hurt and let him off with a fine of Rs 1,000.

Speaking to media here after the apex court spared him the jail term in the 30-year-old road rage case, said, "the Almighty has always helped him tide over difficult circumstances. It is the grace of God which has helped me through trying times."

The today convicted Sidhu for voluntarily causing hurt to a 65-year-old man but spared him a jail term in the 1988 road rage case.

A bench of Justices and said Sidhu was guilty of Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and was fined Rs 1,000 for the offence.

After the verdict, Sidhu's supporters and party workers were in a jubilant mood and burst firecrackers outside his residence in

"Blessings and prayers of Punjab have been answered by the Almighty. I want to thank those who prayed for me and wanted that should come out of this (case) and at the same time I pardon those, who just to make political capital out of the whole thing, pointed fingers at me," Sidhu said.

Opposition SAD and BJP combine had launched an attack on him earlier in connection with the road rage case and asked him to resign on moral grounds.

However, Sidhu said that "today it is not the time to point fingers at anyone...when you are on the side of the truth, there is no need to worry".

Sidhu said that he will be meeting and and thanking them for supporting him during difficult times.

"I will tell Rahul ji that my life and my every breath is for people of Punjab... I also spoke to and he congratulated me. I told him that my life is for Punjab... and till the time I do not see the state achieve its best, I will not even die," he said.

Sharing mission and purpose of his life, the cricketer- turned-politician, who switched over to from the BJP days before last year's assembly polls, said, "the whole world is my country and all mankind my brethren and to do good my religion. This has been philosophy of my life. The desire in my heart is to see a prosperous Punjab".

"..Truth does not see profit or loss. In the war of right or wrong, you can't afford to be neutral. Mission of Sidhu's life is to see Punjab once again become that Punjab as it was during the time of Maharaja Ranjit Singh," he said.

"I live Punjab, I dream Punjab...it is like a tidal wave which engulfs every pore in my body and every pore sings Punjab," he said.

Without naming anyone, he hit out at those who make politics a profession to earn money.

Like Sidhu, his wife also looked visibly relieved after the Supreme Court verdict.

"Our lives are dedicated for Punjab," she said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 14:00 IST
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