Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is in jail in a road cage case, might be released on January 26 as his name is on the list of prisoners to be released from jail on Jan 26. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann would take the final call on the issue. The former Congress’s Punjab unit chief was sent to Patiala Central Jail on May 20 after surrendering at a local court.
The cricketer-turned-politician was sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court in a 1998 road rage case. A 65-year-old man, named Gurnam Singh, had died in the accident. Earlier, the court had slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on Sidhu and also acquitted Sidhu’s associate, Rupinder Singh Sandhu in the case. The Sessions Court Judge of Patiala on September 22, 1999, acquitted Sidhu and his associate, due to lack of evidence in the case and giving the benefit of the doubt.
It was then challenged by the victim’s families before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, which had in 2006, convicted and sentenced Sidhu to three years imprisonment. Sidhu then filed an appeal before the apex court challenging this order. Sidhu allegedly beat Gurnam Singh on his head on December 27, 1988 which led to his death.
Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu called upon Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday at his residence in New Delhi. Beside Kharge, she also met AICC General Secretaries Priyanka Gandhi and KC Venugopal over a detailed discussion at 10 Janpath, New Delhi, as reported by the news agency ANI.
Sidhu was accompanied by Former General Secretary (Org.), Punjab PCC Gautam Seth during her visit.She joined the evening leg of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra from Kharal Kalan in Jalandhar district on Monday along with her son Karan Sidhu, ANI reported.