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Cricketer guilty of manslaughter
Navjot Sidhu
Sidhu is now a well known cricket commentator
A court in India has found a former Indian cricketer and member of parliament guilty of manslaughter.

Navjot Sidhu, a former flamboyant batsman and now an MP belonging to the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, had allegedly beaten up a man in 1988.

The man died after the alleged attack over a dispute over parking vehicles in Patiala city in northern Punjab state.

Sidhu is now a cricket commentator on Indians channels and is famous for his wisecracks, known as Sidhuisms.

The former cricketer told reporters that he had sent his resignation to the BJP after the court verdict.

A lower court had acquitted Sidhu in the case in 1999 following which the victim's family and the state government had approached the High Court in Punjab.

The High Court is expected to announce the sentencing on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old former cricketer played in 51 Test matches for India between 1983 and 1999, scoring an average 42.13.

Sidhu embarked on a political career in 2004, joining the BJP.




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