For adding mercury in chapati, domestic help found guilty of attempt to murder

A local court on Thursday held the servant, of the wife of a late justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, guilty on charges of attempt to murder for having allegedly served the elderly woman and her son mercury in chapatis. The final verdict, however, will be pronounced on Friday.

UT police had registered a case against Kuldeep Singh, who was appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court as a domestic help to Shavinder Kaur, the 72-year-old wife of a late high court judge. Kuldeep Singh was accused of adding mercury in food of the elderly woman and her son Amarpal Sidhu.

The incident took place in October 2011 and a case was registered on June 28, 2012, after the chemical analysis report of the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) confirmed the presence of mercury in the chapatis, which had been served to the mother and son. Police, however, could not determine the motive for the servant's actions.

It was the late judge's son, Amarpal Sidhu, a resident of Sector 15, who lodged a complaint against the domestic help, Kuldeep, a resident of Talwandi Saboo. His mother, Savinder Kaur, had allegedly noticed something shining in the chapati which was served to her. Police took three separate samples of the food and sent them to CFSL.

The CFSL report in June 2012, confirmed that the chapati had mercury in it but the quantity was not established. The police then obtained legal opinion and registered a case.

The domestic help was a government employee and had been with the family for eight years.

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