//// However, the Punjab government as of now is not in favour of legal action against the cricketer for submitting a fake degree. “She is a player////
Punjab withdraws Harmanpreet’s DSP rank over fake degree
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has withdrawn deputy superintendent of police rank from Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women’s Twenty20 captain and Arjuna awardee, after police verification found her graduation degree was fake.
The Moga native had joined the Punjab police as a DSP on March 1 and had submitted a 2011 graduation degree purportedly issued by Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut. “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 said on Monday. Her present education qualification is not commensurate with the post of DSP as per Punjab police rules.
However, the Punjab government as of now is not in favour of legal action against the cricketer for submitting a fake degree. “She is a player of international repute and was given DSP rank on the basis of her achievements in the field of cricket,” the officer reasoned. TOI was the first to report on July 2 that Harmanpreet had submitted a fake graduation degree, to the Punjab police, purportedly issued by the Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut. She had claimed to have completed her BA final year in 2011. Harmanpreet could even lose her Arjuna award if the Punjab police file an FIR against her for forgery and criminal conspiracy over her fake degree. When contacted on her mobile and asked whether she had received the state government’s letter offering her a constable’s post in the Punjab police, Harmanpreet refused to respond. “I am not well and taking rest. Will tell you later,” she said. The cricketer has been signed up by the team Lancashire Thunder as their overseas player for the 2018 season of England’s Kia Super League and is due to leave for Britain on July 15. 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. After her remarkable performance in the women’s cricket World Cup last year, the chief minister had offered Harmanpreet the post of a DSP in the Punjab police. She was then employed as an office superintendent with Western Railways after signing a five-year bond. Since Harmanpreet had only completed three years of service, Amarinder had taken up her case with railway minister Piyush Goyal so that she could join the Punjab police.