April 3rd, 2012
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Police to inquire ordered into VIP treatment of Jagir Kaur

kaurChandigarh: A top Punjab Police officer has ordered an inquiry regarding the reports that stated that VIP facilities, including a 32-inch LCD TV, a direct-to-home dish antenna and an air-conditioner, were being installed at a ward in the Kapurthala Central Jail for former Punjab minister Bibi Jagir Kaur. “I have ordered an inquiry and deputed an IG rank officer to conduct the probe.

He will visit the jail and look into all the reports. Rules will have to be followed,” Punjab DGP (Prisons) Shashi Kant said. “My one-line instruction to him was that rules have to be observed. I am also sending a team for inspection to Kapurthala jail. I have asked the jail superintendent to follow rules at all costs,” the police said.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) special court in Patiala had sentenced Jagir Kaur to five years rigorous imprisonment on counts of forcible abortion, wrongful confinement, abduction and criminal conspiracy. She was, however, absolved of the charges of murdering her daughter, Harpreet Kaur, 19, who died 12 years ago.

After her conviction and arrest, 57-year-old Jagir Kaur was forced to resign as Punjab’s minister for rural water supply and sanitation and defence services, but it was clear that she still had ample political clout. She was sentenced to be lodged at the Patiala jail, but within hours of her conviction, her request that she be transferred to the Kapurthala jail was accepted. Jagir Kaur, who heads a cash-rich “dera” (sect) in Begowal village, belongs to the Kapurthala district.


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