Indian women’s cricket team twenty 20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has reportedly been withdrawn from the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank by the Punjab government over the controversy over her graduation degree.
According to a report in TOI, the decision was taken by the state government after a probe in which her degree was found to be fake. The police department had contacted the university in relation with her degree and later, it was confirmed that her degree was fake.
The decision was taken by the home department and Kaur is likely to be demoted to the rank of a constable as her qualification now gets reduced to Class XII pass, reported News18. The Punjab Police, however, decided not to initiate any legal proceedings against the cricketer.
Meanwhile, the latest revelation has cast a shadow on the star cricketer’s coveted Arjuna award, which would be withdrawn if the Punjab police change their mind and decide to file an FIR against her for forgery and criminal conspiracy over her fake degree.
Reacting to the report, Kaur’s manager said that no official communication had been received by the cricketer. He said, “We have not received any official letter from Punjab police regarding the termination of her job. This is the same degree which she submitted in the Railways. How it can be fake and forged?” quoted Zee News.
This comes days after the cricketer had issued a statement saying, “I am aware of it (controversy), government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positive response.”
Kaur was appointed as the DSP in Punjab police on 1 March after she left her job at the Western Railways. Her appointment was only possible after CM Amarinder Singh intervened in the matter as the cricketer was signed with Railways for a period of five years.
Kaur had shot to fame with her extraordinary run with the bat last year when she produced one of the greatest ever ODI knocks in women’s cricket as India stormed into the ICC World Cup final, demolishing Australia by 36 runs in the semifinal.
It was only the second time that India had entered the summit clash of the global event, having lost to Australia in the final of the 2005 edition. She had smashed her way to a career-best magical 171 off 115 balls, leaving the Australian bowlers in a daze as India put up an imposing 281 for 4 after rain reduced the match to 42-overs a side.