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Former Cabinet Minister sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment

Patiala, Mar31 (): Bibi Jagir Kaur, Punjab Cabinet Minister and former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) president,was acquitted in her daughter Harpreet’s murder case on Friday. But, the court found Kaur guilty and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment for compelling her daughter to go through an abortion.

Kamaljit Singh, claiming himself as Harpreet’s husband and the father of the still-born child said that he and Harpreet secretly got married without Kaur’s knowledge. He produced photos and a video of their wedding to support his claim. On Apr 20 in the year 2000, Harpreet was murdered, and a case was registered by Kamaljit Singh in the Punjab High court. He said that as her mother opposed their marriage, she abducted her and forced her to undergo an abortion.

Jagir Kaur who was the president of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, at that time could not prove her innocence in her daughter’s murder. After allegations of her indulging in the crime she was forced to resign as the president of the influential Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak, by the committee.

Kamaljit who hailed from Begowal, filed a FIR against Kaur but the police denied to register a complaint as they were put under immense political pressure. Thus Kamaljit was forced to approach the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The High Court directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the matter on June 9, 2000.

In 2010, the case was forwarded to the CBI. The case had to meet lot of twists as most key witnesses turned to be futile. The case came to a standstill as Kamaljit, who was the key witness to the murder also turned to be hostile. He said in the court that the video of the wedding that he had submitted earlier was a ceremony staged on camera to pressure Jagir Kaur; the marriage photos which he produced in the court  were all fake.

Jagir Kaur though acquitted for her daughter’s murder, could not prove innocence in forcing her daughter to go for an abortion. Along with Jagir Kaur, six other people who were sentenced for the murder, two others have been acquitted today.

 

 

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