Sidhu and Badesha appeal extradition orders to India in Jassi murder case

Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Surjit Singh Badesha.
Malkit Kaur Sidhu and Surjit Singh Badesha. Photo courtesy of CBC
JASWINDER “Jassi” Sidhu’s mother Malkit Kaur Sidhu, and her uncle, Surjit Singh Badesha of Maple Ridge, who were last month ordered to be extradited to India by the B.C. Supreme Court in the brutal 2000 murder of Jassi, 25, in Punjab, India, have filed leave to appeal with the B.C. Appeal Court.

According to a Canadian Press report, they are appealing on several grounds.

“The extradition judge erred in law by admitting into the proceedings certain hearsay evidence and failing to admit other hearsay evidence,” Sidhu’s lawyer, David Crossin, said in court documents.

Both also said the judge was wrong to find that they are, in fact, the people sought in the case.

Earlier this year, in closing arguments at the B.C. Supreme Court, Crown lawyer Deborah Strachan had said that the evidence from the record of the case is that the two threatened Jassi’s new husband, Sukhwinder (Mithu) Sidhu, a poor rickshaw driver in India, on multiple occasions, telling him he would be killed because Jassi had married him against their wishes. Jaswinder was killed but Mithu survived when they were attacked in June 2000. The lawyers for the accused argued that there wasn’t enough evidence against them.