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Sidhu's lawyer hails SC verdict in 1988 road rage case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The who represented cricketer-turned-politician in the 1988 road rage case today expressed satisfaction over the verdict quashing the jail term of the and letting him off with a fine of Rs 1,000.

Nidhesh Gupta said it was a "great judgement" by the apex court which has rightly acquitted the of the offences of murder and culpable homicide not amounting to murder under the IPC.

"The has rejected the appeal of the State. It has also acquitted him (Sidhu) under 304 (II) (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC," he said.

The set aside the and order convicting of culpable homicide and awarding him three-years jail term in the 30-year old road rage case, but held him guilty of causing hurt to a senior citizen.

It, however, exonerated Sidhu's Rupinder Singh Sandhu, who was also awarded a three-year jail term by the high court in the case.

The apex court's verdict came on the appeal filed by and Sandhu, challenging the high court's 2006 judgment convicting them. A trial court had acquitted Sidhu in 1999.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 21:15 IST