District and sessions judge SK Aggarwal on Thursday convicted Vishal Sharma (28) of SAS Nagar for the murder of Nitin Bansal (21) of Talwandi Bhaike.
The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on September 28.
The case dates back to September 21, 2008, when Vishal, who was in inebriated condition, had stabbed Nitin to death in a road rage incident. The police had registered a case of murder against Vishal on the complaint lodged by the victim's friend, Rahul Bajaj, who was accompanying him, along with another friend Sidakjot Singh.
As per the complaint, Nitin, Rahul and Sidakjot had come to the city from Talwandi Bhaike to attend a hearing case in which Sidakjot was facing the charges of assaulting a Chandigarh policeman.
According to the prosecution, the incident took place on around 11.20 pm on September 21, 2008, when the trio was coming from the Sector-15 market in Sidakjot's Skoda Octavia car (PB-10-BK-7177) and stopped at the Sector 15 and 16 traffic light point waiting for the signal to turn green.
Rahul had alleged that a Tata Indica car (HR-03-J-0257), which was ahead of their car, did not move when the signal turn green. They kept on honking but the car did not move and the signal turned red.
Then the occupant of the Indica car came out and began hurling abuses on them. When the signal again turned green, he (Vishal) moved his car a little further and stopped, which was followed by an argument which took a violent turn.
Rahul said there were three persons in the Indica car, of which two -Vishal Arora and Amit Tomar - had tried to stop Vishal and later fled the spot.
Rahul alleged that Vishal took out a dagger from the car and stabbed Nitin in his waist and head, leaving him profusely bleeding. Sidakjot intervened to save Nitin, but he was also hurt and sustained cuts on his ear and hand.
Rahul took Nitin and Sidakjot to GMSH, Sector 16, from where Nitin was referred to the PGI, where he was declared dead.
Complainant, friend get 30-month jail on convict's complaint
The court, considering the complaint of convict Vishal Sharma, who had accused Rahul and Sidakjot of attacking and injuring him, awarded 30 months jail, along with imposing penalty of `4,500 on them.
They have been convicted for voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons (section 324) and voluntarily causing grievous hurt (325) of the Indian Penal Code.
After the incident, Vishal was admitted to PGIMER with a fractured wrist and others injuries.