After spending just four months in jail,former cabinet minister and ex-president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC),Bibi Jagir Kaur was released on a 28-day parole on Wednesday afternoon from Kapurthala Modern Jail. The former cabinet minister has been undergoing five-year rigorous imprisonment for forcibly conducting the abortion of her daughter,Harpreet kaur resulting in her death.
Bibi was released under the provision of Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (temporary release) Act 1962 amended in 2003. According to this Act if a prisoners conduct is good then he/she can apply for parole after spending four months in jail.
Upon reaching her home-cum-religious dera Sant Muralewala in Begowal,Kaur (who is the head of the dera) was met by hundreds of people and dera followers waiting for her at her residence.
S P Khanna,Superintendent of Kapurthala Modern jail where Bibi has been lodged since March when contacted said that they received orders to release Jagir Kaur on parole from Director General (DG) (Prison) office and Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kapurthala. It is as per jail rules. Nothing against the norms was practiced while granting parole, he added.
Every prisoner has the right to go on parole after spending four months in jail irrespective of their conviction under any crime, said Khanna.
Deputy Commissioner (DC),Kapurthala,Alaknanda Dyal said that Kaur had filled Rs 50,000 surety bond along with witnesses,In normal procedure when a convict applies for parole,police verification is conducted by the district police and after that parole is recommended by District Magistrate and DG Jail grants the parole, said the DC.
It is also learnt that the ex-cabinet minister was to honour some village sarpanches and panches of her constituency,Bholath,but media presence allegedly stopped her from taking this opportunity.
At her Begowal residence,Kaur told the media that she was performing her duties as a teacher in the jail and blamed the media for giving out false information on her VIP treatment inside the jail.
Three weeks ago,Kaur had made headlines when she presented the siropa (honour) to Inspector General of Police (IG) (Prison) Jagjit Singh who conducted an inquiry on alleged VIP treatment and gave a clean chit.
The act was justified by jail authorities by saying that the Siropa was supposed to be presented by a prisoner to the jail authorities and Bibi was also a prisoner.