Sources said that during his first night in jail, Sidhu did not eat dinner since he had already taken his meal.
They said that Sidhu was lodged in barrack No. 10 with four other prisoners. His prisoner number is 1,37,683.
Sidhu had surrendered before the Patiala court on Friday, a day after the Supreme Court sentenced him to one-year rigorous imprisonment in a 34-year-old road rage case.
As Sidhu has to undergo rigorous imprisonment, he will also have to work in the prison.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia, who had contested against Sidhu from Amritsar East earlier this year, is also lodged in the same jail in connection with a drug case. Sidhu and Majithia had both lost the elections to AAP’s Jeevan Jyot Kaur.
34-year-old case comes back to haunt Sidhu
In 1988, Sidhu and one of his associates Rupinder Singh Sandhu had allegedly hit one Gurnam Singh on his head following an altercation in Patiala.
Gurnam Singh, 65, later died.
Shortly after Singh’s death, Sidhu and his associate were booked on charges of murder.
In 1999, Sidhu was acquitted of the murder charges by a trial court. However, the Punjab high court reversed the verdict and held Sidhu and his co-accused guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in December 2006. It sentenced them to three years in jail and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each.
Both Sidhu and Sandhu filed an appeal in the Supreme Court, which stayed their conviction in 2007.
In 2018, the Supreme Court acquitted Sidhu of culpable homicide and convicted him of causing hurt in the road rage case. He was let off with a mere Rs 1,000 fine.
However, in February 2022, the apex court agreed to hear a plea seeking a review of its May 15, 2018 verdict.
Overturning its own decision, the top court on Thursday observed that any “undue sympathy” to impose an inadequate sentence would do more harm to the justice system and undermine the public confidence in the efficacy of law.
“In the given circumstances, tempers may have been lost but then the consequences of the loss of temper must be borne,” the court said, as it sentenced Sidhu to one-year imprisonment.
(With inputs from PTI)