No Criminal Case Against Harmanpreet Kaur for Fake Certificates

India women’s T20 captain, Kaur submitted fake documents while applying for the post of DSP in Punjab Police.

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File photo of Indian women’s T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur.

The Punjab government will remove the Indian women's T-20 Captain and vice-captain of women's national team Harmanpreet Kaur from the DSP's post for submitting a fake degree, but will not initiate any criminal proceedings against her, informed sources said on Tuesday.

Government and police sources said no criminal proceedings for forgery and cheating were in the offing against Kaur, who was appointed a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in March this year.

The graduation certificate submitted by her to fulfill the eligibility criterion for becoming a Punjab Police DSP however has been found to be fake.

Enquiries by Punjab Police with the Chaudhary Charan Singh University in Meerut had revealed that Harmanpreet's graduation degree was not genuine and that she was never enrolled as a varsity student.

The state has now offered her a constable's post on the basis of her Class 12 pass certificate.

I am aware of it (controversy), the government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positive response.
Harmanpreet Kaur on 3 July

Harmanpreet's father Harmandar Singh had earlier claimed that the testimonials of his daughter were "genuine".

He had claimed that his daughter got the job of office superintendent at the Western Railway on the basis of the graduation degree.

Harmanpreet was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police on 1 March, with Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Director General of Police Suresh Arora pinning the stars on her uniform.

The chief minister had offered the DSP's post to Harmanpreet, who hails from Moga district, in July last year, following her scintillating performance in the Women's World Cup 2017.

Amarinder Singh had said that the Parkash Singh Badal government's refusal to accede to her request to join Punjab Police was an "injustice" to her.

Harmanpreet was earlier employed with the Railways as a Superintendent.

Amarinder Singh had intervened to seek a waiver for her from a bond signed with the Railways to enable her to join as DSP in Punjab. The state had, in February, received a formal communication from the Railways about the waiver.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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