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Congress complains to Punjab Governor over preferential treatment to Jagir Kaur in jail

April 4, 2012 - Chandigarh

Congress party leaders met Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil to complain against the preferential treatment being given to the minister Bibi Jagir Kaur in state's Kapurthala prison.

Speaking to reporters here, Congress leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira said that there was complete lawlessness in the state.

"Today we have met the Governor of Punjab and gave him a letter telling him that court orders are being trampled upon in the state. There is total lawlessness in the state. Bibi Jagir Kaur and other guilty convicts in the Harpreet murder case are being given VVIP reception and facilities by the Kapurthala jail authorities instead of the rigorous punishment they deserve," said Khaira.

Echoing similar sentiments, Congress leader Avtar Singh Brar said that law was the same for everyone and that in Jagir Kaur's case law was being subverted by the state machinery.

" Who can be above the law in the country? Law is the same for everyone be it an ex-minister, a serving minister or any ordinary person. But things are different under this state government. By not caring for the court orders they are making fun of the judiciary. A person who has been convicted for a heinous crime is being given such special treatment. The whole world is seeing that there is nothing called law for this government. They don't care about law nor do they believe in democracy," said Brar.

Media reports on Monday reported that jail authorities had permitted the installation of a LED screen and satellite connection for Kaur in the prison.

A special court on March 30 convicted Bibi Jagir Kaur for conspiring in forcible abduction, kidnapping and wrongful confinement in the killing of her daughter Harpreet Kaur.

Jagir Kaur was however acquitted from the charges of murder by the court in Patiala.

Harpreet Kaur had died under mysterious circumstanced during the intervening night of April 20 and 21, 2000 en route from Phagwara to Ludhiana's Christian Medical College Hospital.

Kamaljit Singh claimed that he was her husband and father of Harpreet's stillborn child, a few days after her death.


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