SLAIN Maple Ridge woman Jaswinder (Jassi) Kaur Sidhu’s mother Malkit Kaur Sidhu and uncle Surjit Singh Badesha will be extradited to India to face charges in connection to her murder in the state of Punjab, reports CBC.
On June 8, 2000, Jassi Sidhu, 25, was brutally murdered in Punjab. Her husband Sukwinder (Mithu) Singh Sidhu, a poor rickshaw driver, was also seriously injured in the attack carried out by contract killers who were allegedly hired by his wife’s mother and uncle who were opposed to their marriage.
Last month, the B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed the applications of Malkit Sidhu and Surjit Badesha for a judicial review of Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s September 28, 2017 order for their extradition. The two were seeking a stay of extradition proceedings for abuse of process due to their attempted surrender to India without an opportunity to seek a judicial review of the minister’s decisions on whether to accept their new submissions. They were also seeking a judicial review of the minister’s decisions.
A Punjab Police team that had come to Canada to take custody of the two accused in September 2017 were stopped at the last minute at Toronto airport and had to return to India empty-handed.
The court said that although the minister’s conduct amounted to an abuse of process, it did not warrant a stay of proceedings in the circumstances of this case and that the minister acted reasonably in refusing to accept the applicants’ submissions.
CBC reports the two had until January 10 to file an appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada but they didn’t do so.
The federal Department of Justice in an email to CBC said: “Canada is now in a position to fulfill the extradition request from India regarding Ms. Sidhu and Mr. Badesha. Appropriate arrangements will be made for their safe transfer to India.” The transfer will take place by January 25.