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Sidhu surrenders, sent to Patiala jail

Last updated on: January 11, 2007 18:32 IST

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu was on Thursday lodged in the Patiala Central Jail after he surrendered to a court in Chandigarh in the wake of his conviction in December for culpable homicide.

The 43-year-old international cricketer, who resigned as a Bharatya Janata Party member from the Lok Sabha after being given a three-year prison term by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a road rage case in his hometown Patiala, has appealed his conviction in the Supreme Court, which will come up for hearing on Friday.

Sidhu and Rupinder Singh Sandhu, convicted for the same matter, surrendered in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Y S Rathore this afternoon after a division bench of the High Court declined their plea to surrender before it.

The two men, sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for three years in the road rage case that led to the death of Gurnam Singh in 1988, were directed by Rathore to be taken to Patiala Central Jail. Before surrendering, Sidhu told reporters that he was submitting himself before the court of law and would abide by its order.

A contingent of Punjab Police took both men to Patiala from the court. Chandigarh BJP chief Yashpal Mahajan and advocate Ashok Chouhan withdrew bail bonds amounting to Rs 10,000 each furnished in December by them for Sidhu and Sandhu in the CJM's court.

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