Punjab Police has withdrawn the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank from Harmanpreet Kaur over the fake degree certificate produced by her.
The decision to withdraw Harmanpreet’s DSP rank is enforced by the Punjab State Government after the degree submitted by the Indian women’s T20 team captain was found to be fake during the police verification.
The government, however, has adopted a lenient approach towards the ace cricketer. According to a Times of India report, the State government as of now is not in favour of pursuing any legal action against the Arjuna Award winner. However, if the legal proceedings for forging and producing fake documents are initiated Harmanpreet might also lose her Arjuna Award.
The Punjab Armed Police, Jalandhar, had got Harmanpreet’s degree verified from the Meerut varsity, which recently confirmed that the roll number and enrollment number mentioned in her final marksheet do not exist in its records. A case for forgery and criminal conspiracy will further complicate life and career for the ace women cricketer, who has been signed by English side Lancashire Thunder as an overseas player for the Kia Super League 2018. She is scheduled to leave for the ECB T20 league on July 15.
The graduation degree of 2011 from the Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, produced by Harman is proven to be a fake one during the Punjab Police verification. “The State government has written to Harmanpreet that since now her qualification can only be treated as Class XII, she can at best be retained by the Punjab Police as a constable,” a senior government functionary in Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s office has reportedly said on Monday.
“She is a player of international repute and was given DSP rank on the basis of her achievements in the field of cricket.”
Harmanpreet has maintained a silence over the fake degree issue. She only stated “I am aware of it (controversy), government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positive response.”
A former Indian Railway employee, Harmanpreet was offered the DSP rank in Punjab Police in recognition of her meritorious service to women’s cricket in India. Railways were reluctant to relieve their prominent player on technical grounds. It was an intervention by the Punjab CM, that the department had agreed to relieve Harmanpreet on Railway Minister Piyush Goyal’s advise.