Chandigarh: Seven months after her conviction and prison term in connection with the killing of her daughter, former Punjab Minister Bibi Jagir Kaur was on Thursday granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High court on the condition that she will not leave the country.
Kaur, who is currently lodged in the Kapurthala jail, is a former President of Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC), and was awarded five years imprisonment and fined Rs 5,000 by the special CBI court of Patiala in March this year.
Handing down the bail orders, a division bench of the court comprising Justice A K Mittal and Justice G S Sandhawalia directed Kaur to seek the court's permission before going abroad, Kaur's counsel R S Cheema said.
Jagir Kaur's daughter Harpreet had died under mysterious circumstances during the intervening night of April 20 and 21, 2000, en route from Phagwara to Ludhiana's Christian Medical College and Hospital.
Citing that there was "no foul play" and Harpreet's death was natural due to fever, vomiting and severe dehydration, and her post-mortem was not conducted and she was cremated in a hurried manner on April 21 at the Bibi's home village Begowal (Kapurthala) 12 years ago.
A few days after Harpreet's death, Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Begowal claimed that he was her husband and father of her stillborn child. On April 27, 2000, Kamaljit approached the Punjab and Haryana high court. On June 9, 2000, the HC directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the matter.


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