Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday admitted petitions filed by Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi and Paramjit Singh Raipur, convicted along with former cabinet minister and main accused Bibi Jagir Kaur in the case of her daughter Harpreet Kaur's abduction and forcible miscarriage, challenging a Patiala CBI court verdict sentencing them to five years in prison. The high court has issued notices to the CBI on their bail applications for May 29.
A special CBI court in Patiala had on March 30 convicted and awarded five years' jail each to Jagir Kaur, Nishan Singh, Dhesi and Raipur, though acquitting them of the graver charge of murder.
The high court has already admitted Jagir Kaur and Nishan Singh's petitions challenging their conviction. All the convicts are lodged in Kapurthala jail.
Harpreet, the daughter of Bholath MLA Jagir Kaur, was cremated without conducting post mortem after her death under mysterious circumstances on April 20, 2000. Jagir Kaur had claimed that Harpreet died of food poisoning.
But later a case was registered as Harpreet's lover Kamaljit Singh filed a complaint alleging that since Jagir Kaur was against their relationship, she was behind Harpreet's death. A total of seven persons were tried, of which two were acquitted and one died during trial.