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Sidhu released from Patiala jail

The former BJP MP, sentenced to three-year imprisonment in a road rage case, is out after two nights in prison.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 19:12 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

After spending two nights in jail, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, sentencedto three years imprisonment in a road rage case, was released on Saturday on bail granted by the Supreme Court.

Sidhu, also a maverick cricket commentator, was greeted by a number of BJP and SAD workers led by local MLA Surjit Singh Rakhra when he emerged out of the jail.

The BJP's former Amritsar MP and his friend Rupinder Singh Sandhu were released from the prison this afternoon, a day after they secured bail from the Supreme Court.

Though the Supreme Court granted him bail on Friday, he could not be released on Friday itself as the orders reached Patiala prisons late on Friday evening.

Sidhu and Sandhu had surrendered before the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Chandigarh and were sent to the Patiala jail on Thursday and had moved the apex court for bail.

The duo was sentenced to three-year rigorous imprisonment for causing death of Patiala resident Gurnam Singh during a scuffle following an accident.

First Published: Jan 13, 2007 15:42 IST