December 02, 2006 13:43 IST
Jaswinder Singh, son of Gurnam Singh who died in a clash with former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu in 1988, said that he and members of his family, particularly his mother Bimaljit Kaur were satisfied with the verdict of the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Gurnam, landlord of Ghalauri village on the outskirts of Patiala district of Punjab, had gone to the city for some work and he was accompanied by his son and nephew when the incident took place around afternoon on December 27,1988.
Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu were looking for a space to park their car where Gurnam Singh was also parking his vehicle. Small argument led to an ego clash in which Sidhu allegedly pushed and hit the old man with a fist. Gurnam fell down and died.
"The trial court had not given us a favourable judgement so we approached the high court. R S Ghai, senior advocate, and his two sons promised us justice and took up our case. We are more than satisfied with the judgement. I would be present in the courtroom on December 6, when the court gives final judgement," Jaswinder Sing told rediff.com on phone from his village.
Jaswinder tills the land left by his father and also has a brick kiln in Patiala to earn his living. His advocate denied the charge by Navjot Sidhu that he had been named in the FIR because he was a leading player in the Indian side and a well-known name in the country. "
We had no previous enmity with Sidhu. Why should we name him if he was not involved? He himself admitted that he was present at the scene of crime," said Vinod Ghai, advocate for Jaswinder Singh.
Former Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal backed Sidhu to the hilt and said that the state needed leaders like him and not corrupt congress politicians.