CHANDIGARH: Former Punjab Congress President Navjot Singh Sidhu is likely to be released tomorrow i.e. April 1 (Saturday). The information has been shared on Sidhu's official Twitter handle on Friday (March 31).
The tweet reads, "This is to inform everyone that Sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu will be released from Patiala Jail tomorrow. (As informed by the concerned authorities)."
Notably, Navjot Singh Sidhu is getting the benefit of not taking leave during his sentence. Sidhu was sentenced to one year imprisonment on 19 May 2022 in the road rage case. Sidhu went to jail on 20 May 2022.
According to experts, apart from NDPS and serious crimes, 4 to 5 days of relaxation in a month is given depending on the work and behavior of the inmates. Apart from this, the prisoner also gets the benefit of some government holidays. Navjot Singh Sidhu did not ask for leave even once during the entire sentence.
Navjot Kaur, wife of Navjot Singh Sidhu, is suffering from cancer. She has stage-2 cancer. Recently, Navjot Kaur wrote a message for her husband that she cannot wait for his release. Her suffering is increasing. After which many senior Congress leaders also raised the demand for Sidhu's early release.
Notably, Navjot Singh Sidhu is currently serving sentence in the road rage case. Navjot Singh Sidhu's sentence will end on May 19. Notably, the prisoners get a weekly holiday in the jail. Navjot Singh Sidhu has also worked during weekly vacations in the last 9 months to complete his sentence early. Due to which, during this period the number of weekly holidays of Navjot Singh Sidhu has increased to 45.
It is worth noting here that the discussion about the release of Navjot Singh Sidhu started from December 2022. A large section of the Punjab Congress was also involved in preparations to welcome Sidhu. Everyone expected that Navjot Singh Sidhu would be release on 26 January 2023 (Republic day). However, when the R-day came, there was no official announcement from the state government on Sidhu's release.
Reacting on this, Several Punjab Congress leaders slammed the Aam Aadmi party government for not releasing Navjot Singh Sidhu prematurely from the Patiala prison.
Navjot Sidhu's wife, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, tweeted, "Navjot Singh Sidhu falls in the category of ferocious animal so the govt doesn't want to extend the 75th year of independence relief to him. You are all requested to stay away from him."
About the case.....
On December 27, 1988, Cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu and his friend allegedly parked their car in the middle of the road near Sheranwala Gate crossing in Patiala. When 65-year-old Gurnam Singh reached the spot in a car. He asked them to move aside. In anger, Sidhu brutally beat up Gurnam. After that, Sidhu and his friend escaped from the spot. People took Gurnam to the local Hospital where he was declared brought dead.
After so many years, the Supreme Court imposed a one-year jail term on Navjot Singh Sidhu in road rage case. Accepting this, former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu tweeted, "Will submit to the majesty of law."