New Delhi: The special CBI court in Patiala is expected to pronounce the much-awaited verdict in the Harpreet Kaur murder case on Friday, in which Punjab cabinet minister and former SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur is the prime accused.
If the court convicts Jagir Kaur, the Opposition will seek her removal and try to corner the Akali-BJP government.
The case, which dates back to 2000, has seen several witnesses turning hostile. Even the complainant, Kamaljit Singh, turned hostile, only to re-affirm the charges later.
While Harpreet's cremation happened hurriedly, a few days after her death, Kamaljit, a resident of Begowal, which is the ancestral village of Bibi Jagir Kaur, had claimed that he was Harpreet's husband and the father of Harpreet's still-born child.
When the police refused to register a complaint in this regard on April 27, 2000, Kamaljit approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court. On June 9, 2000, the High Court directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
After conducting the probe, on October 3, 2000, the CBI registered an FIR under various sections of the IPC against Bibi Jagir Kaur, who was the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee President at that time.
With Additional Inputs From PTI