July 10, 2018
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Punjab govt may demote Harmanpreet Kaur over fake degree controversy

By Abhishek Shankar


The Indian women’s Twenty20 captain and Arjuna awardee, Harmanpreet Kaur has been withdrawn from the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) rank after the graduation degree of India women’s T20 team captain was found to be fake.


The issue had come to limelight when a Punjab Police’s officer went to Chaudhary Charan Singh University for validation of Kaur’s commendation.
Head of CCS University’s Vigilance Cell, Prof Sanjay Bharadwaj, said: “A Jalandhar police officer had come to the university in the month of April for accreditation of the BA degree of Harmanpreet Kaur. She asserted to have passed the course in 2011.

During an investigation, Kaur’s enrolment number was not found in university records. Then the officer was informed about all the necessary details.”


A case for forgery and criminal conspiracy may be charged against 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 programmed to leave for the ECB T20 league on July 15.

“The State government has informed Harmanpreet that since now her qualification can only be treated as Class XII, she can only be continued by the Punjab Police as a constable,” a senior government official in Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s office said on Monday.

“She is a player of international name and was given DSP rank on the basis of her achievements in the field of cricket.”

Giving a reply to the report, Harmanpreet Kaur’s manager said that no official communication had been received by the cricket till now. He said, “We have not received any official letter as such from Punjab police regarding the termination of her job. This is the same degree which she submitted to the Railways. How can it be fake and forged?”


Harmanpreet has not spoken over this issue. She only told “I am aware of it all(controversy). The Government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positive reply.”

Abhishek Shankar

A writer by day and a reader by night. Chiller and life juggler

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