FIR against former SGPC chief

The Punjab Police on Saturday booked former chief of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbhandhak Committee (SGPC), a religious body managing majority of Sikh shrines across the country, Bibi Jagir Kaur for allegedly trying to bribe voters and violating prohibitory orders in poll-bound Punjab.

The case follows the recovery of a mini-truck by the police late on Friday night with 183 cartons of whiskey that was to be transported and distributed to woo voters.

Besides Kaur, her daughter Rajneet Kaur and son-in-law Yuvraj Bhupinder Singh and three others have been named accused in the FIR. Kaur is also the SAD candidate from Bholath constituency in Punjab. She has vehemently denied charges against her.

Congress candidate from Bholath, Sukhpal Khera, who is also the sitting MLA from the area, has sought the intervention of the Election Commission for removal of the local SSP in connection with the case.

There was high drama late on Friday night when a vehicle was found outside a liquor shop ready to transport whiskey cartons.

The liquor contractor claimed that they were transferring their own stocks from one place to another. However, the excise officials said they did not have the mandatory pass or permit to relocate the stock.

Bibi Jagir Kaur has termed the incident as an act of frustration and that she has been been falsely implicated in the case. A case of murdering her daughter is still pending against Kaur in court.

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