New Delhi, Apr 01, 2023: Former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, lodged in Patiala Central Jail, was released today after spending ten months in prison. Donning a blue kurta and turban, Siddhu was seen walking out of jail with a book in his hand.
Several Congress leaders and supporters were gathered outside the Patiala Jail to accord the 59-year-old former cricketer a grand welcome upon his release. They were seen with dhols and also chanted ’Navjot Sidhu zindabad’.
#WATCH | Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu released from Patiala jail, approximately 10 months after he was sentenced to one-year jail by Supreme Court in a three decades old road rage case pic.twitter.com/kzVB2vMnpk— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2023
’Dhol’ players have also been arranged by his supporters standing outside the jail to welcome the cricketer-turned-politician. The fans and supporters of Navjot Sidhu eagerly waited outside the jail to accord a grand welcome to him.
Several posters and hoardings of Navjot Sidhu were put up at many places in Patiala city by Sidhu’s supporters to welcome him.
Party workers are quite ecstatic over the release of Sidhu, said one of the supporters outside the jail, reported PTI. The former state Congress chief was jailed on May 20 last year after being sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court over the death of 65-year-old Gurnam Singh in a road rage case in 1988.
According to his lawyer, the release is happening earlier due to Navjot Sidhu’s good conduct during imprisonment, as allowed under the rules.
A tweet from Navjot Sidhu’s account, being managed by his team in his absence, on Friday said, "This is to inform everyone that Sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu will be released from Patiala Jail tomorrow....As informed by the concerned authorities."
Navjot Sidhu’s family has got an intimation from authorities regarding his release from the Patiala jail, his lawyer HPS Varma said on Friday.
Courtesy: India Today