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 moved the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking the suspension of the sentence to be able to do campaigning for the 2017 Punjab elections and contest. She submitted that the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was likely to require to campaign across the state and she was also likely to seek “another opportunity to serve her constituency”. “On account of conviction, she is not competent to contest the election under Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951. Her sentence be suspended during the pendency of the main appeal,” states her petition.
The matter will be taken up on May 6, when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the prosecuting agency, submits a response as sought by the high court.
Bibi Jagir Kaur was convicted of forcible abortion of the victim’s child, wrongful confinement, abduction, and criminal conspiracy. In April 2000, her daughter, Harpreet Kaur, died under mysterious circumstances. Later, a CBI inquiry based on the high court directions had found Jagir Kaur to be involved, and in 2012, she was sentenced on various counts, except murder. In November 2012, the high court had admitted her appeal.