Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday admitted a petition of Nishan Singh, a personal security officer of former SGPC president and Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur and who was sentenced to five-year jail term by a special CBI court in Patiala on March 30 in Harpreet case, for suspension of his sentence. A notice was however issued to Punjab government and CBI on his bail plea.
A bench headed by justice Rakesh Kumar Garg admitted his petition seeking suspension of sentence, which would now come up for hearing with regular cases. The court however issued notice of motion to Punjab government and the CBI on his bail petition for May 29.
Nishan Singh was convicted along with Bibi Jagir Kaur and three others for illegal abduction, confinement and forcibly causing abortion of Bibi's daughter Harpreet Kaur around 12 years ago.
Seeking bail, Nishan Singh contended that he was bed-ridden, unable to move and was also suffering from spinal tuberculosis. He also attached a medical certificate issued by Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar. He further added that till date he had spent around three years and three months in jail.
The CBI special judge had convicted and handed separate sentences to Bibi Jagir Kaur, Nishan Singh, Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi and Paramjit Singh Raipur. However, the CBI judge had acquitted the four of charge of murder. A total of seven persons were tried, out of which two were acquitted and one died during trial.
On April 20, 2000, Harpreet was cremated without conducting post mortem under mysterious circumstances. Bibi Jagir Kaur had claimed that Harpreet died due to food poisoning.
Later, a case was registered on the statement of Kamaljit Singh of Begowal village that he had married Harpreet secretly and she was pregnant with their child, which was not acceptable to Bibi Jagir Kaur and that ultimately led to her abduction and death.