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Liquor lands ex-Punjab minister in trouble

Sunday, 15 January 2012 - 8:45am IST | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: dna
Jagir Kaur is in the dock after the Election Commission got a case registered against her and five relatives for distributing liquor among voters.

Former president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandak Committee (SGPC) and former cabinet minister Jagir Kaur, who is contesting the Assembly election from the Bolath constituency as an Akali Dal nominee, is in the dock after the Election Commission got a case registered against her and five relatives for distributing liquor among voters.

Those booked in the case include her daughter Rajmeet kaur, who is a covering candidate for her, son-in-law Bhupinder Singh, sister Kulwant Kaur and nephew Yadvinder Singh.
Jagir Kaur is the first candidate against whom a case has been registered, so far.

Returning officer Navjot Singh carried out a raid along with Arvind Janu, a central observer, in Kuka Talwandi village on Friday night and found that vehicles bearing stickers of Jagir Kaur were carrying liquor which was being distributed among voters.
The police seized 183 cases of liquor from the vehicles and registered a case under section 123 of the Representation of People’s act, 1951 for bribing voters.

Jagir Kaur has been already facing trial in the CBI court on charges of murder of her daughter. The CBI had found her guilty in the case.

In its crackdown on abuse of drugs and liquor during the election period, the Election office has seized more than 2,000kg of poppy husk and over 1.3lakh bottles of liquor in the past week when the model code of conduct came into effect.

According to chief electoral officer Kusumjit Sidhu, more than 6kg of heroin, 7kg of opium, 2kg of smack and about two lakh synthetic drug tablets were also recovered from couriers purportedly engaged by politicians.

She said following specific directions from the EC, police had been directed to intensify vigil to check abuse of narcotics and liquor in the state.




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