Harmanpreet Kaur has been removed as DSP in Punjab Police after her graduation degree was found to be fake. The cricketer joined Punjab Police on March 1 after leaving her job at Western Railways. She is slated to represent Lancashire Thunder in the Kia Super League soon.
Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women cricket team's T20I skipper, has lost her job as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) at Punjab police after her degree was found to be fake, a report in The Times of India suggests. The police department had contacted the university in relation with her degree and later, it was revealed that her degree was fake. Now, the police department has taken an action against the cricketer by removing her from the post.
Harmanpreet joined the department as the DSP in Punjab on March 1 after she left her job at Western Railways. Her appointment was only possible after captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, intervened in the matter as the cricketer was signed with Railways for a period of five years.
Since she was yet to complete two more years in service, the department asked her to either continue the job or return the three year’s salary. Later, though, the matter was solved when CM of Punjab had a word with Piyush Goyal, India’s Railways Minister. The report in The Times of India also adds that the cricketer can be retained as constable as she has the qualification to take up that post. It also adds that the government is not looking to take any legal action against her.
The right-handed batswoman was a part of the Indian team that ended up as the runner-up in the Women’s World Cup in 2017. She showed her prowess with the bat after playing an innings of 171* off 115 against Australia in the semi-final of the tournament. India missed out on an opportunity to win the title for the first time after a defeat to England in the final.
Presently, Harmanpreet is India as there are no international commitments but she is slated to fly to the UK along with Smriti Mandhana to play in Kia Super League. The former will play for Lancashire Thunder while the latter will represent Western Storm in the league.