June 27, 2022
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Navjot Sidhu’s special diet in jail includes rosemary tea, seasonal vegetables, and more

Navjot Singh Sidhu, a jailed Congress leader, has been assigned to work as a’munshi’ (assistant) in the Patiala central prison, where he is serving a one-year sentence for a 1988 road rage death case.

According to a jail official, the 58-year-old cricketer-turned-politician will only work from his barrack for security reasons.

Prisoners are classified as unskilled, semi-skilled, or skilled, according to the jail manual. Prisoners who are unskilled or semi-skilled are paid Rs 40 and Rs 50 per day, respectively. Skilled inmates are paid Rs 60 per day. According to the official, Sidhu has been appointed as a’munshi.’

Following his request for a special diet in jail, a board of doctors has recommended it for the Congress leader. On May 23, he underwent a medical examination at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, Punjab. Sidhu’s special breakfast consists of one cup of rosemary tea or one glass of coconut water in the morning, followed by one cup of lactose-free milk, one tablespoon of flax/sunflower/melon/chia seeds, five-six almonds, one walnut, and two pecan nuts.

A glass of juice (beetroot, cucumber, tulsi leaves, Amla, carrot, etc.) or any fruit (watermelon, melon, kiwi, guava, etc.) or sprouted black chana, green gramme with cucumber/tomato/half lemon/avocado are recommended as a mid-morning meal by the doctors.

For lunch, the doctors recommend a cucumber salad with seasonal green vegetables and a sorghum, singhara, or ragi flour chapati.

In the evening, a cup of tea with low-fat milk and 25 grammes of ‘paneer’ slice or tofu with half lemon has been recommended. The doctors suggest mixed vegetables and ‘dal’ soup or black chana soup with one bowl of sauteed green vegetables for dinner.

Sidhu has been advised to drink half a glass of warm water with one cup of chamomile tea and one tablespoon of psyllium husk before bedtime.

The Congressman is afflicted with medical issues such as embolism and a liver ailment. He was treated for acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in a Delhi hospital in 2015.

On May 20, Sidhu, the former Punjab Congress chief, surrendered before a local court and was sent to Patiala Central Jail. In a 1988 road rage death case, the Supreme Court sentenced him to one year of solitary confinement.

In the 34-year-old case, the apex court sentenced him, saying that any undue sympathy in imposing an insufficient sentence would do more harm to the justice system and undermine public confidence in the efficacy of the law.

Gurnam Singh, a 65-year-old man, was killed in the incident.

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