Serving a severe blow, additional district and sessions judge Najar Singh on Friday awarded six-month jail to a woman while upholding her conviction for defaming her 83-year-old mother by wrongly alleging that she had “illicit relations” with the latter’s cousin.
Convicted Rabinder Sidhu allegedly did it to pressure her mother Iqbal Kaur of Sector 9 to will her the property. Though the court upheld the conviction, it granted relief to the convict by reducing her sentence from one-year jail awarded by a trial court in November to six months. Rabinder fainted in the court when order was pronounced.
“We had opposed the appeal saying that the paternity of a person born from a wedlock cannot be challenged and Rabinder had made allegations without proper verification,” said advocate GS Sandhu, counsel for Iqbal.
Challenging her conviction, Rabinder had stood by allegations and submitted that her conviction by the trial court was not on correct appreciation of evidence.