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HC Goes Ahead With Bibi Jagir Kaur’s Conviction, Says Can’t Contest The Assembly Elections

January 18, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana high court bench on Monday dismissed plea of SAD (Badal) leader Bibi Jagir Kaur seeking stay on conviction in a case related to her daughter’s murder. With this order she can’t contest assembly polls in Punjab as conviction in this case makes her ineligible for the same. She can’t contest polls unless conviction is stayed by Supreme Court of India within two days, says a report published in an English vernacular.

The judgment was reserved on January 12, by the bench of justices AK Mittal and Ramendra Jain.

Bibi Jagir Kaur.

In May 2016, Jagir Kaur claiming that she might be fielded by Badal Dal as a candidate for February 4 assembly polls, had approached court in an attempt to seeking stay on the conviction. Jagir Kaur’s conviction with sentencing of more than 2 years period makes her ineligible to contest the election as per the Representation of People Act, 1951. In November 2012, the high court admitted her appeal. At present, she is out on bail, said the media report.

It all began on April 2000, when the SAD (Badal) leader’s daughter Harpreet Kaur had died under mysterious circumstances. Later, an inquiry was conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on the directives of Punjab & Haryana high court, which in turn found Bibi Jagir Kaur’s involvement. In 2012, she was convicted on various counts — forcible abortion, wrongful confinement, abduction and criminal conspiracy — except murder.

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