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Harmanpreet Kaur loses DSP rank over fake degree row

The Punjab government has withdrawn Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank from Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women’s Twenty20 captain.

The DSP rank accorded to Harmanpreet Kaur has reportedly been withdrawn by the Punjab government over the controversy over her graduation degree. According to The Times of India, the decision was taken by the state government after a probe confirmed that her degree was fake.

The report said that the Punjab government has written a letter to her communicating that since her educational qualification remains that of a class 12 passout, she can be retained in Punjab Police department only as a constable.

It further said that though the state government has decided to strip her of the DSP rank, they would not go ahead with any legal action against Harmanpreet, citing her international repute as an Indian cricketer.

Reacting to the report, Harmanpreet Kaur’s manager told ANI that no official communication had been received by the cricketer. He was quoted as saying, “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?”

The news comes days after the cricketer snubbed mediapersons when the controversy about her degree came to the fore. According to a report in news agency PTI, she had made mediapersons wait for over an hour outside her vanity van during an event in Mohali. Harmanpreet Kaur finally issued a statement saying, “I am aware of it (controversy), government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positive response.”

Harmanpreet was earlier employed with the Indian Railways but was relieved from her duties earlier in 2018 after she put in a request to join Punjab Police. The Punjab government had also taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry to waive the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet, who is a native of Moga, to join as a DSP in Punjab Police from March 1.

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