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Former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur, three others acquitted in her daughter's murder case

PUNJAB NEWSLINE NETWORK
December 04, 2018 04:56 PM

CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana High Court today acquitted, former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur, and others in a case related to murder of her daughter Harpreet Kaur. She was sentenced to five years Rigorous Imprisonment by special CBI court in Patiala.

The CBI had taken up the case In 2000, after Harpreet’s death under mysterious circumstances. It was alleged that she was poisoned to death as she had married against the wishes of Bibi Jagir Kaur. On the basis of a complaint filed by husband of the deceased, the police had registered case against Bibi Jagir Kaur and six others.

Bibi Jagir Kaur, who had been elected in 1999 as the first ever female President of the Sikh mini-Parliament SGPC. eShe was also inducted as minister by Parkash Singh Badal in SAD-BJP government in 2007. She had to resign from cabinet after she was convicted by the CBI court. The others who faced the charges of conspiracy to murder incldued Paramjit Singh Raipur, a SGPC member, Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi (mother of British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi) and Nishan Singh (Bibi’s bodyguard). They were acquitted of the murder charge, but were convicted for 5 years for murder  kidnap and forced abortion, whereas the other three accused (driver, maid and assistant) were acquitted from all charges.

The conviction by Judge of the Special CBI Court in Patiala was then challenged by Bibi with an appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

While making their judgement, the double bench of High Court stated,  “All appeals filed by the convicted accused are allowed. They are acquitted of all charges. The judgement of the trial court is set aside. Appeals filed by the CBI and complainant are dismissed.”

Bibi Jagir Kaur she was glad to hear her acquittal after 18 long years, She alleged it was a politically motivated case.

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