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Mother and uncle sent to India to face conspiracy charges in B.C. woman’s death

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The Justice Department says Malkit Kaur Sidhu and her brother Surjit Singh Badesha were escorted to India by the RCMP and arrived there early Thursday morning.

Undated photo of Malkit Kaur Sidhu (front) and Surjit Singh Badesha, mother and uncle respectively of Jaswinder Kaur “Jassi” Sidhu, the 25-year-old Maple Ridge woman who defied her family to marry the man she loved and was murdered in India on June 8, 2000. TBA / PNG

The federal government says two British Columbia residents have been extradited to India to face conspiracy charges after they allegedly hired men to kill a young woman and her new husband in that country nearly 20 years ago.

The Justice Department says Malkit Kaur Sidhu and her brother Surjit Singh Badesha were escorted to India by the RCMP and arrived there early Thursday morning.

It says the pair met with Canadian consular officials in Delhi before being turned over to police in Punjab.

Sidhu and Badesha are accused of conspiracy in the murder of Sidhu’s daughter Jassi Sidhu in June 2000 after she went to India to marry a man they disapproved of.

Sidhu’s husband was severely beaten but survived the attempt on his life.

In a unanimous decision in 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada set aside a B.C. Court of Appeal ruling that stopped extradition proceedings over concerns the mother and uncle would be poorly treated or even tortured in India.

The B.C. Appeal Court halted the extradition last year when the pair’s lawyers filed a last-minute court application, bringing them back to B.C. from Toronto before they were to be escorted to India.


Jaswinder Kaur “Jassi” Sidhu and Mithu Singh Sidhu on their honeymoon. Jassi is the 25-year-old Maple Ridge woman who defied her family to marry the man she loved and was murdered in India on June 8, 2000.

Submitted photo / PROVINCE


Jaswinder Kaur “Jassi” Sidhu and her husband Mithu Singh Sidhu. Jassi is the 25-year-old Maple Ridge woman who defied her family to marry the man she loved and was murdered in India on June 8, 2000.

Submitted photo / PROVINCE

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