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Well-wishers bring Bibi treats,jail inmates have a ball

Since Bibi Jagir Kaur was lodged at the Kapurthala Modern Jail on Friday night,it has been party time for the inmates.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Kapurthala | Published: April 2, 2012 2:54:17 am

Since Bibi Jagir Kaur was lodged at the Kapurthala Modern Jail on Friday night,it has been party time for the inmates. The large number of visitors thronging the jail to meet Kaur are bringing several food items for her and Kaur has been asking the jail staff to distribute the same among inmates.

“It has been a long time since we tasted fruits. Bibi has been very kind to us — whatever food items she gets from her visitors,she gets it distributed,” said a prisoner in the jail’s woman ward.

“For a few days at least,we are getting to eat grapes,bananas,melons,biscuits and namkeen. But Bibi Jagir Kaur has told us that she was here only for a few days,” said an inmate convicted in a dowry case.

On Sunday,Kaur was seen making rounds of the jail superintendent’s office and the visitors’ room. Several members of the SGPC members as well as Delhi-based sant Onkar Singh met her on Sunday. Some senior Akali leaders,including a few ministers,are also likely to meet Kaur. Her daughter Rajneet kaur and son-in-law Yuvraj Bhupinder Singh were also at the jail. According to sources,the jail staff have been told by the government to ensure that Kaur has a comfortable stay.

On Friday,Kaur was sent to jail for five years by the CBI court of Patiala in the forced abortion case of her daughter Harpreet,which led her death.

Why was Jagir minister?

The conviction of Bibi Jagir Kaur in her daughter Harpreet Kaur’s murder case has set in speculation in political circles on why Kaur was inducted into the cabinet as the lone woman minister days before the verdict in the trial was scheduled for March 30. While some in government say though the overt reason was to reward Kaur for her services towards the party,the covert one was for a much bigger cause — influence the course of justice and prevent Bibi from going behind the bars. Many others claim that the chief minister was not very keen on rewarding Bibi with a cabinet berth. For someone who now stands convicted for wrongful confinement and forcible abortion,Badals will have a lot to explain for not just the berth but their alleged proximity to the highly controversial leader.

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