Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday for more time to surrender, citing some “medical condition” after he was sentenced to one year in prison by the apex court in the 1988 road rage case.
Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi referred the matter to Justice AM Khanwilkar, who presided over the judgment bench against Sidhu in his review petition on Thursday.
The court asked Singhvi to file a formal petition in this regard and refer it before a bench of Chief Justice NV Ramna. Singhvi said he would try to raise the issue before the CJI.
“He will definitely surrender soon,” Singh told the bench. “We want a few weeks to surrender. This is 34 years later. He wants to organize his medical affairs. ” A bench comprising Justice JB Pardiwala told Singhvi that a special bench had given its verdict on the matter.
“You can file that application and refer it to the Chief Justice. If the Chief Justice forms that bench today, we will consider it. If that bench is not available, then it has to be formed. A special bench was constituted in this regard, ”the bench observed.
The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Sidhu to one year rigorous imprisonment in the case, saying any “undue sympathy” for an inadequate sentence would further damage the judiciary and erode public confidence in the rule of law. .