Former Indian cricketer and one of the leaders of Congress in Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu is set to be released from jail on April 1, Saturday. Earlier, he was sentenced to one year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court of India in relation to a road-rage accident that happened 34 years ago, which led to the death of one man named Gurnam Singh.
Sidhu’s Twitter account stated the following in regard to this matter. “This is to inform everyone that Sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu will be released from Patiala Jail tomorrow. (As informed by the concerned authorities),” read the message. According to his lawyer HPS Varma, “He is most likely to be released on Saturday from the Patiala jail,” as told to PTI.
However, when asked about Navjot Singh Sidhu’s potential release, the authorities in Patiala jail claimed to have received no release order. The superintendent of Patiala jail, MS Tiwana was quoted as saying, “We haven’t got any orders so far regarding this matter. However, we will update you on this by (Friday) evening”.
As per the prosecution in the case, on December 27, 1988, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Rupinder Singh Sandhu, his aide, parked their gypsy in the middle of the road at a crossing in Patiala. When Gurnam Singh, driving a Maruti car, got to the crossing and saw the gypsy, he asked Sidhu and Sandhu to move it away from the middle of the road. This interaction led to some argument and eventually a big brawl ensued.
It was on 20 May last year when Navjot Singh Sidhu surrendered himself before a trial court and was later lodged in Central Jail, Patiala.