Original controversy emanates from an FIR, dated 27.12.1988, registered by Sub-Inspector of P.S. Kotwali of Patiala District, Punjab on basis of information about an occurrence around 12:30 PM at Battian Wala Chowk.
In our view, some material aspects have been missed out at stage of sentencing. International Cricketer, Navjot Singh Sidhu was tall and well-built. We would like to deliberate a little more in detail on: necessity of maintaining a reasonable proportion between seriousness of crime and punishment. While opportunity to reform has to be kept in mind, principle of proportionality also has to be equally kept in mind.
We do believe, indulgence was not required to be shown at stage of sentencing by only imposing a sentence of fine.
– Hon’ble Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Jaswinder Singh (Dead) v. Navjot Singh Sidhu, [Review Petition (Criminal) No. 477 of 2018].