Bholath legislator and former Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur, who is out on bail in a 2000 case related to the killing of her daughter, has got permission from the Punjab and Haryana high court to go abroad.
On Monday, the high court bench of justice SS Saron and justice Ramendra Jain allowed the Punjab politician to visit the US and Canada for three weeks to address the Punajbi NRIs (non-resident Indians) there. During the hearing, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) opposed her application, arguing that it was feared that she might not return. CBI counsel RK Handa argued that since she was convicted by a lower court and her case was in regular hearing, her application should be dismissed.
The detailed order on the application is awaited. In the 2000 case, Bibi Jagir Kaur was convicted of forcible abortion of victim's child, wrongful confinement, abduction, and criminal conspiracy. In April 2000, Harpreet Kaur, daughter of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader, had died under mysterious circumstances. Later, a CBI inquiry based on the high court directions had found Bibi Jagir Kaur involved, and in 2012, she was sentenced on various counts except murder. In November 2012, the high court had admitted her appeal and suspended her conviction.