Punjab minister convicted in daughter's abortion case
Punjab minister Jagir Kaur was today convicted for conspiring in forcible abduction, kidnapping and wrongful confinement in connection with the killing of her daughter Harpreet Kaur 12 years back but was acquitted of the murder charge. |
Bibi Jagir Kaur, a former SGPC President, was convicted for conspiring
in forcible abduction, kidnapping and wrongful confinement in connection
with the killing of her daughter Harpreet Kaur. File Pic/AFP
Kaur, a former President of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), was awarded five years imprisonment and also fined Rs 5,000 by the special CBI court.
Kaur, who was present in the court of special CBI judge Balbir Singh, was immediately taken into judicial custody for being sent to the Central Jail at Patiala. She broke down immediately after her sentence was announced.
Three others Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi, Paramjit Singh Raipur and Nishan Singh were also convicted under section 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy).
The three were fined Rs 5,000 each. Another accused Satya Devi was acquitted of all charges while another accused Sanjiv Kumar died during the trial.
Harpreet had died under mysterious circumstanced during the intervening night of April 20 and 21, 2000 en route from Phagwara to Ludhiana's Christian Medical College and Hospital.
Citing that there was "no foul play" and Harpreet's death was natural due to fever, vomiting and severe dehydration, her post-mortem was not conducted and she was cremated in a hurried manner on April 21 at the Bibi's home village Begowal (Kapurthala).
A few days after Harpreet's death, Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Begowal claimed that he was her husband and father of Harpreet's stillborn child. On April 27, 2000 Kamaljit approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
On June 9, 2000, the HC directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the matter. All the four convicted were today immediately taken into judicial custody within the court room itself for completion of formalities so that they could be sent to the local Patiala Central Jail.