The Supreme Court on Thursday enhanced the Congress leader's punishment to a year’s rigorous imprisonment four years after it let him off with a fine of Rs 1,000 over the death of a 65-year-old man in a road rage case.
While many of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s supporters reached his Patiala residence in a gesture of solidarity with the former cricketer after the verdict in the road rage case, the former cricketer also received criticism in equal measure.
Punjab Congress chief Amrinder Singh Raja Warring wrote in a twitter post, “Not expected. @suniljakhar may have formally joined the @BJPIndia today, he had started working for the party long before, playing blatantly Hindutva politics, damaging the party in every way. There was reason for him to rake up ‘Hindu’ card and the reason was revealed today.”
Sunil Jakhar will be a formidable Hindu face, with no baggage, for the BJP in a state where it is trying to find its feet without former ally Akali Dal. While he belongs to a prominent Jat family, Jakhar enjoys the support of other communities in the state as well.
Charat who is alleged to have recced the Intelligence headquarters earlier in the day on May 9 and later accompanied the unknown attackers had filed a petition before the HC seeking extension of parole on medical grounds stating that he had loss of vision in one eye.
In a press conference, Director General of Police V K Bhawra said three other people, two of whom were “outsiders”, had carried out Monday’s strike and were yet to be arrested. The third person was a resident of Tarn Taran district, Charhat Singh, said the DGP.
Meanwhile, Mohali SSP Vivek Sheel Soni, when contacted on Thursday and asked if police still had any clues, said, “Wait for a day.” Questioned if police were hopeful of cracking the case, Soni added, “Umeed te duniya kaayam aa.”
Earlier, after AAP stormed to power and before Bhagwant Mann formally took over as the chief minister, the security cover of as many as 122 politicians, majority of them from Congress, Akali Dal, BJP and former AAP MLAs was withdrawn.
The statement by the police said, “a minor explosion was reported at the Punjab Police Intelligence Head quarters in sector 77, SAS Nagar at around 7:45 PM. No damage has been reported. Senior officers are on the spot and investigation is being done. Forensic teams have been called.”
The woman's father, who had come from West Bengal, identified the body of the final-year LLB student. The police said that there is no clue about the 23-year-old man from Patiala who had also gone missing with the woman.
Mystery shrouds the disappearance of two final year students — a 23 year old youth from Patiala and his batchmate who is a resident of Kolkata — of Rajiv Gandhi National Law University (RGNLU) who went missing on May 2 afternoon. A CCTV footage showed them last walking near Bhakra Main Canal in Bhakra Enclave […]
In the letter dated April 23, which surfaced Monday, Chaudhary also attached a detailed note of Punjab Congress president Amrinder Singh Raja Warring regarding Sidhu's "parallel activities which were “not in the interest of of the party".
Nihangs, who first gathered at Dukh Niwaran Sahib gurdwara to counter the call for a march given by the Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) led by Harish Singla, marched towards the Kali Mata temple raising pro-Khalistan slogans, the police said.