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Updated December 16th, 2023 at 18:18 IST

Who is Jaskirat Singh Sidhu? All about Indian-origin driver convicted of 16 deaths in Canada

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu is the Indian-origin driver who was convicted of killing 16 people in the 2018 crash in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu. | Image:AP
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Canadian Truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, convicted of killing 16 people in a crash, has lost the legal battle to stay in Canada. 

According to Canadian Media house CBC News, his application to avoid deportation to India was rejected by a federal court on December 15. He pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving charges and was granted parole earlier this year.

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Who is Jaskirat Singh Sidhu?

Sidhu is the Indian-origin driver who was convicted of killing 16 people in the 2018 crash in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The accident took place on April 6, 2018, when his semi-trailer truck failed to stop at a highway intersection and collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. 16 people died and 13 others were injured in the accident.

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Sidhu was rookie driver at the time of the accident and it was just a few days since he was employed. His lawyer Michael Greene told Chief Justice Paul Crampton that his client has "genuine, heart-wrenching remorse," according to CBC News.

His lawyer also argued that Sidhu's clean criminal record was ignored by the Canada Border Services Agency which recommended his deportation.  The lawyer said that Sidhu has worked hard to establish his life in Canada with his wife.

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According to CBC News, the Judge said that Sidhu can still be allowed to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. 

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Published December 16th, 2023 at 18:17 IST

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