The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding conviction of former Punjab minister Bibi Jagir Kaur on charges of murdering her daughter.
In a detailed appeal,filed by the agencys special public prosecutor R K Handa,the CBI has challenged an order passed by a special CBI court in Patiala on March 30 awarding five years of imprisonment to Jagir Kaur and other accused for abduction and forcible abortion of her daughter Harpreet Kaur. The special court had held that charges of murder could not be proved against Jagir Kaur.
In its appeal,challenging the order,the CBI has also demanded that three co-accused,namely Dalwinder Kaur Deshi,Paramjit Singh Raipur and Nishan Singh should also be held guilty and imprisoned on charges of murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
The CBI has submitted that the lower court has committed a grave error in law… failing to appreciate that death of Harpreet Kaur was homicidal.
Stating that the lower court judge wrongly disbelieved the testimony of key witnesses,the CBI has stated that he failed to take into account that hurried disposal of the dead body by cremating her within hours of her death,was indicative of concealment of the murder.
The CBI added that the lower court failed to appreciate that none except the mother (Jagir Kaur) of the victim had the motive to get Harpreet Kaur killed as her reputation and political career was at stake a fact that the judge himself accepted.