The federal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to hear the case of a mother and uncle accused of orchestrating the murder of a BC woman in India.
Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould has applied for leave to appeal at Canada’s highest court in the case of Malkit Sidhu and Surjit Badesha.
Prosecutors say there’s enough evidence for the pair to face trial in India for the murder of 25-year-old Jassi Sidhu. The Maple Ridge woman secretly married a rickshaw driver against the wishes of her family. Her body was found in an Indian canal in June of 2000.
While former Justice Minister Peter MacKay ordered Sidhu and Badesha be deported — something backed up by the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal overturned the extradition order over concerns the brother and sister would be tortured.
It’s now up to Canada’s highest court to decide whether it will hear the case. If not, the only other option would be for the pair to be tried in Canada.