Sidhu may spend 8 months in jail, get Rs 60 a day by working
Published : Saturday, 21 May, 2022 at 5:16 PM Count : 671
Convicted Congress leader and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu lodged in the Patiala Central Jail as he will undergo rigorous imprisonment with no special treatment or food.
Sidhu, who surrendered before the court on Friday after being convicted in the 1988 road rage case, will have to work daily as per the jail manual despite his medical condition.
He may have to spend less than eight months in jail if he displays good conduct and prison officials and the Punjab government give him special remissions, reports tribuneindia.com.
Sidhu, who has been handed down one-year rigorous imprisonment by the Supreme Court, will get 48 days' remission in the sentence automatically in lieu of working in the jail factory. "A convict gets four days remission per month, including the first three months of training where he doesn't get paid," said a serving jail official.
The Jail Superintendent has the power to remit another 30 days from a convict's sentence. This is usually given liberally to almost all convicts, barring those indulging in gross indiscipline.
The Director General of Police (Jails) or Additional Director General of Police (Jails) is empowered to provide the third remission of additional 60 days, but this is usually given in exceptional cases and with political consent.
As per the jail authorities, the cricketer-turned-politician has to work daily during his one-year prison term, which can earn him up to Rs. 60 a day.