The Punjab and Haryana high court has granted a day's interim bail to Bholath MLA Bibi Jagir Kaur, lodged in Kapurthala jail in her daughter Harpreet Kaur's abduction and forcible abortion case, for enabling her to vote in presidential election to be held on July 19.
The division bench comprising justice AK Mittal and justice GS Sandhawalia ordered Jagir Kaur to furnish a bail bond to the satisfaction of Jalandhar chief judicial magistrate so that she could be released from jail. However, the bench directed her to surrender in Kapurthala jail before 6 pm on July 19.
Jagir Kaur had requested to be released on interim bail on July 18 and 19 stating that she was a sitting MLA and had the duty to cast her vote in the presidential elections.
Appearing for the CBI, advocate RK Handa opposed Jagir Kaur's bail plea and submitted before the court that as per media reports she had also bestowed upon a Siropa (scarf of honour) on inspector general (jails), Jagjit Singh.
Former cabinet minister Jagir Kaur, who was the only woman cabinet minister in SAD-BJP government, was sentenced to five years imprisonment by a special CBI court Patiala on March 30 and since then she is behind bars in Kapurthala jail. However, all the accused were acquitted of murder charges in the case.
The high court had already granted bail to three co-accused in the case namely Nishan Singh, Paramjeet Singh Raipur and Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi.
Jagir Kaur's main bail petition would now come up for hearing on August 21.