After being jailed for a year in the 1988 road-rage incident, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu chose to avoid dinner on his first night in jail, sources told PTI.
Sidhu has been kept with four inmates in Barrack No. 10 of Patiala Central Jail in Punjab. Since he had already taken his dinner, Sidhu decided not to eat his food in jail, the source further told PTI.
As part of his one-year harsh sentence, 58-year-old Sidhu will also have to work in jail. Incidentally, Shiromani Akali Dal leader and Sidhu’s political rival Vikram Singh Majithia is lodged in Central Jail in a drug case. Sidhu stood against Majithia from Amritsar East in this year’s Punjab State Assembly elections. Both of them lost to AAP candidate Jibon Jyot Kaur.
On Friday, a day after the Supreme Court sentenced Sidhu to one year in prison, the Congress leader surrendered before a Patiala court. This development came after Sidhu had to go to the Supreme Court for more time to surrender due to medical treatment.
Sidhu was involved in a 34-year-old road rage incident that resulted in the death of 65-year-old Gurnam Singh. After allowing a review petition from the victim’s family, the SC added a one-year jail term to Sidhu’s conviction and imposed a fine of Rs 1,000, which had already been imposed by the SC. “We have allowed the review application on the sentence issue. In addition to the fine imposed, we impose a one-year imprisonment by respondent 1 (Sidhu), ”Justice Kaul was quoted as saying in the operative part of the Live Act verdict.
On December 27, 1988, Sidhu and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu, a co-accused in the case, parked a gypsy car in the middle of the road. When Gurnam Singh, who was driving a Maruti car, was asked to remove the car, Sidhu got out of his car and started beating Gurnam Singh at the crossing while removing Singh’s car keys before fleeing. Singh was pronounced dead at the scene.