Jassi-Mithu case: Canadian authorities goofed up, says Punjab Police on extradition stay
A three-member Punjab Police team, led by IPS officer and Patiala SP (investigations) Kanwarpal Kaur, returned empty-handed from Canada on Monday.punjab Updated: Sep 26, 2017 11:09 IST
A goof-up by Canadian authorities resulted in a last-minute stay on the extradition of the two accused In the Jaswinder Kaur Jassi murder case, say Punjab Police.
A three-member Punjab Police team, led by IPS officer and Patiala SP (investigations) Kanwarpal Kaur, returned empty-handed from Canada on Monday. A senior official in the Punjab Police headquarters, involved in the extradition process, told HT that one of the conditions in the September 8 Canadian Supreme Court order was that before extraditing Jassi’s mother Malkiat Kaur and maternal uncle Surjit Singh Badish, the local authorities will have to inform their lawyer.
Both accused, who belong to the family of millionaire blue berry orchard owners, are residents of Maple Creek in British Columbia. They are in custody of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) since 2012.
“It’s a goof-up by the Canadian authorities who may or may have not read the judgment of the Supreme Court properly.”
“When a brother of the accused went to meet them in a jail in Vancouver on September 19, he found that the duo had been handed over to Punjab Police after completing all formalities. As the lawyer of the accused wasn’t taken into loop by the Canadian authorities, an appeal against the extradition was filed following which the British Columbia Court of Appeal stayed the process citing it as violation of the highest court’s orders,” said the police officer, adding that no next date has been fixed by the court to decide the application.
The Punjab Police team had even reached the Toronto airport after taking the custody of the accused when they were informed about the court orders. “It’s a goof-up by the Canadian authorities who may or may have not read the judgment of the Supreme Court properly. Our team was not aware about any such clause in the extradition orders,” said the officer.
Kaur and Badesha, mother and maternal uncle of Jassi are wanted in a June 2000 case registered in Amargarh police station in Sangrur for allegedly killing a Canadian resident Jassi, who dared to marry her lover Sukhwinder Singh Mithu from Kaunke village near Jagraon in Ludhiana district.
As per Punjab Police charges, both Kaur and Badesha hired contract killers to eliminate the couple.
While a Sangrur court had awarded life imprisonment to the eight accused in 2005, Kaur and Badesha could not be put on trial as they were in Canada. Punjab Police are pursuing the extradition of the two with the Canadian government since 2000.