Patiala (Punjab): Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, who is serving a one-year jail term in Patiala Central Jail in the 1988 ‘road rage case’, was taken to Patiala’s Rajinder Singh hospital for a medical examination amid heavy security this morning. Official sources said.
Congress leader Sidhu’s lawyer HPS Verma told that Sidhu has demanded a special diet in jail and a board of doctors will conduct a thorough health check-up of Sidhu at the hospital.
Mr Verma said over phone, “The doctors’ board will see what specific diet is needed and then submit its report in the local court (Patiala).” According to the lawyer, Sidhu cannot consume wheat, sugar, maida and some other food items. He said, ‘He can take berries, jamun, papaya, guava, double toned milk and such foods, which do not contain fiber and carbohydrates.’
Report will be presented in CJM’s court after health checkup
Mr Verma said that the board of doctors will submit a report in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate after conducting the health check-up. Sidhu, 58, is suffering from ’embolism’ and liver ailment. In the year 2015, he also got treatment for Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) in a Delhi hospital. DVT is caused by blood clots forming in a vein, which obstructs blood flow.
Several Congress supporters reached Rajindra Hospital after Navjot Sidhu was brought there. The former Punjab Congress chief on May 20 was sent to Patiala central jail after he surrendered before a local court. He has been sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court in a 1988 road rage death case.
The apex court had sentenced Navjot Sidhu in the 34-year-old case, saying any undue sympathy in imposing an inadequate sentence would do more harm to the justice system and undermine the public confidence in the efficacy of law.
A 65-year-old man, named Gurnam Singh, had died in the incident.