From Punjab Congress Chief to Patiala Jail: Navjot Singh Sidhu’s Twist of Fate

NEW DELHI: Roughly a year prior, Congress pioneer Navjot Singh Sidhu was looking at the central pastor’s post in Punjab after effectively dislodging Captain Amarinder Singh. The cricketer-turned-lawmaker had focused on Chandigarh — the most noteworthy seat of force in the state. Yet, as destiny would have it, the Punjab Congress pioneer presently finds himself simply 70km away, held up at a jail in Patiala.

The 58-year-old previous Punjab Congress president on Friday gave up under the steady gaze of a court in Patiala, a day after the Supreme Court condemned him to one-year thorough detainment in a 1988 irrational anger case.

From Punjab Congress chief to Patiala jail: Navjot Singh Sidhu’s twist of fate

Sidhu gave up soon after 4pm and was taken for the obligatory clinical assessment, directed at the Mata Kaushalya Hospital. After the clinical examination, he was stopped in the Patiala prison where he is probably going to spend the following year.

For sure, the political fortunes of the previous cricketer have seen a huge slump contrasted with a year prior, when he was partaking in the help of many MLAs and was the likely essence of the Congress’ Punjab crusade.

34-year-old case returns to cause major problems for Sidhu

In 1988, Sidhu and one of his partners Rupinder Singh Sandhu had supposedly hit one Gurnam Singh on his head following a quarrel in Patiala.

Gurnam Singh, 65, later passed on.

Not long after Singh’s passing, Sidhu and his partner were set up for charges of homicide.

In 1999, Sidhu was absolved of the homicide accusations by a preliminary court. Be that as it may, the Punjab high court turned around the decision and held Sidhu and his co-blamed blameworthy for punishable crime not adding up to kill in December 2006. It condemned them to three years in prison and forced a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.

Both Sidhu and Sandhu documented an allure in the Supreme Court, which remained their conviction in 2007.

In 2018, the Supreme Court absolved Sidhu of punishable murder and indicted him for causing hurt in the over the top anger case. He was let off with a simple Rs 1,000 fine.

Nonetheless, in February 2022, the summit court consented to hear a request looking for an audit of its May 15, 2018 decision.

Toppling its own choice, the top court on Thursday saw that any “unjustifiable compassion” to force a deficient sentence would cause more damage to the equity framework and subvert the public trust in the viability of regulation.

“In the given conditions, tempers might have been lost however at that point the results of the deficiency of temper should be borne,” the court said, as it condemned Sidhu to one-year detainment.

Inversion of fortunes

Sidhu’s condemning and ensuing detainment come when the political pioneer is battling to remain important in a party that itself experienced a significant defeat in the new Punjab decisions.

Last year, after effectively designing the expulsion of Amarinder, Sidhu was set to be the top Congress draw from Punjab. It was broadly expected that the Congress would pick the blazing chief as its boss ecclesiastical face in the races.

Be that as it may, the main blow came after the Congress not just picked then mostly secret Charanjit Channi for the top post yet in addition endured with him all through the political race.

Congress’ hesitance to name the previous cricketer as its CM face might have been a determined move to keep away from infighting, however it slice Sidhu’s political aspiration down to estimate.

After a drubbing in the resulting surveys, Sidhu was given to the side further a role as party boss Sonia Gandhi asked him – alongside four other state Congress presidents – to leave the post.

From that point forward, Sidhu had offered a few comments against Channi, his party, the administration and in some cases for the Congress’ rivals (read current Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann).

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The pioneer’s comments have left many speculating about his political designs for what’s in store.
Remarkably, in 2017, Sidhu had exchanged over to the Congress from the BJP in front of the 2017 assetbly surveys.

Notwithstanding, with a 34-year-old case returning to cause major problems for him once more, Sidhu’s political desires will probably stay in an in-between state for the present.

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