Road rage case: No question of Sidhu resigning, says Captain Amarinder

Says govt could not have taken u-turn in SC without new evidence

punjab Updated: Apr 15, 2018 17:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Punjab choef minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

Scotching speculation that local bodies minster Navjot Singh Sidhu would be resigning from the state cabinet in view of the road rage case in the Supreme Court against him, Punjab chief minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said there was no question of asking the minister to quit.

The chief minister (CM) pointed out that the apex court had stayed Sidhu’s conviction in the road rage case in 2007 and was yet to pronounce its verdict on his petition challenging the high court (HC) order. The question of the minister resigning, merely because the state government had repeated its stand of 30 years in the case before the Supreme Court, did not arise, he added.

“There was neither any impediment in Sidhu’s induction into the cabinet nor in his continuation now, in view of the stay on his conviction,” the CM said.

The clarification from the CM came amid reports suggesting that Sidhu had been asked to resign, and also in the wake of the demand from the Opposition that he should step down.

While reiterating that his government could not have changed its stand in the apex court in the case against Sidhu, Amarinder once again expressed hope that the judge would take cognisance of Sidhu’s contribution to the society and the country in deciding the case.

Also, he described the recent developments in the matter as unfortunate, but maintained that his government had taken the only legally tenable stand in the Supreme Court.

Reacting to reports suggesting that the government had deliberately not supported the minister in the apex court, the CM pointed out unless the prosecution received new inputs, it was not legally possible for it to add a new element to its arguments.

“As the state prosecution, the government’s lawyers had stated a certain viewpoint in the trial court as well as the high court,” he said, adding, “In the absence of any fresh evidence, there was no way of changing that stand before the Supreme Court.”

“Speaking totally from a legal viewpoint, the prosecution is duty-bound to go by the facts and stick to the same,” the CM said.

First Published: Apr 15, 2018 17:12 IST