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Sidhu likely to surrender in court tomorrow

Sidhu is likely to surrender before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Thursday.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 22:34 IST

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, convicted last month in a case of road rage, is likely to surrender before the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Chandigarh on Thursday.

The move is in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling under which a convict has to surrender before the court before his case can be listed in a higher court.

Sidhu, who was convicted by the high court in Chandigarh early in December and subsequently handed down a suspended three-year imprisonment sentence for causing the death of a 65-year-old man in a road rage incident in Patiala in 1988, has his appeal against the conviction listed before the apex court on January 12.

Police sources in Chandigarh confirmed that security arrangements were being made at the high court complex in Chandigarh to ensure that law and order was maintained when he surrendered.

Police are unlikely to allow the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's supporters near the court building unlike last time when they started shouting slogans inside the premises as he was handed down a suspended sentence.

The same bench of Justices Mehtab Singh Gill and Baldev Singh, that convicted and sentenced him last month, would decide whether to send Sidhu to judicial custody or grant him bail after he surrenders on Thursday.

In case the court decides to send him to custody, he is likely to be handed over to the Punjab police from his hometown Patiala.

In December 1988 Sidhu and his friend RS Sandhu beat up 65-year-old Gurnam Singh following an argument over parking at a busy intersection in Patiala. The old man died after suffering a stroke.