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SC stays Sidhu's conviction
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | January 23, 2007 11:07 IST
Last Updated: January 23, 2007 17:49 IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the conviction of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case, paving the way for him to contest the bypoll for Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.
"The order of conviction dated December 1, 2006 is suspended," a division bench comprising Justice G P Mathur and Justice R V Raveendran noted.
The apex court has already admitted the appeal filed by them as well as the petition filed by victim's relatives Jaswinder Singh seeking enhancement of sentence for the accused persons as well as for including the offence of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against them.
Welcoming the apex court's verdict, Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Prakash Javdekar said the decision on Sidhu's nomination will be taken by the Central Election Committee of the party on Tuesday evening.
Jubilant after the verdict, Sidhu said his future course of action will now depend upon the decision of the BJP high command.