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Navjot Sidhu meets Congress leaders in Patiala jail, plans post-release strategy

By, Patiala
Apr 01, 2023 07:15 AM IST

Senior Congress leaders Laal Singh and Mohinder Singh Kaypee visited Navjot Singh Sidhu in Jail. The duo spent almost half an hour with Navjot Singh Sidhu.

The stage is all set for cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu’s release from Patiala Central Jail on April 1. Sidhu’s social media team confirmed this on his Twitter handle. “This is to inform everyone that Sardar Navjot Singh Sidhu will be released from Patiala Jail tomorrow,” the tweet said clearing all doubts about the Congress leader’s release after one year of incarnation in a 1988 road rage case.

On Friday, senior Congress leaders Laal Singh and Mohinder Singh Kaypee visited Navjot Singh Sidhu in jail. (HT File)
On Friday, senior Congress leaders Laal Singh and Mohinder Singh Kaypee visited Navjot Singh Sidhu in jail. (HT File)

On Friday, senior Congress leaders Laal Singh and Mohinder Singh Kaypee visited Sidhu in jail. The duo spent almost half an hour with Sidhu. After coming out, Laal Singh said, “The workers are eager to welcome the firebrand leader, who is known for his oratory skills.Sidhu is geared up to revive the party in the state and across the nation.”

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The Punjab Police has also beefed up their presence at Sidhu’s residence. Sidhu has Z plus security cover. A security team will be attached with Sidhu, as per protocol, once he comes out of jail, police officials said.

Hoarding are being put up in the city to welcome Sidhu, who is likely to visit religious places in Patiala before going home.

Sidhu, on May 20, 2022, had surrendered before the Patiala chief judicial magistrate (CJM) to serve the one-year prison term handed out to him by the Supreme Court in a 1988 road rage case.

Sidhu is getting a 45-day remission from his sentence for his good conduct. His scheduled release from jail was on May 16.

“As per the Punjab prison rules, a convict, who serves a duty in prison and maintains good conduct, gets a remission of five days for every month he spends inside prison. On March 31, Sidhu will be entitled to a remission of 45 days, which will pave the way for his early release. He remained in jail for three days in 2007, making him eligible for release on April 1,” a jail official, who didn’t want to be named, said.

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    Vishal Rambani is an assistant editor covering Punjab. A journalist with over a decade of experience, he writes on politics, crime, power sector, environment and socio-economic issues. He has several investigative stories to his credit.

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