Indian Women’s T20 captain and Arjuna awardee cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur’s graduation degree has turned out to be fake and Punjab government has decided to strip her of the DSP rank.
Sources in the police department said in a letter to Kaur, the state government told her that the cricketer can be retained in the department only as a constable.
Head of CCS University’s Vigilance Cell, Prof Sanjay Bharadwaj, said: “A police officer from Jalandhar approached the university in April for verification of the BA degree of Harmanpreet Kaur. She claimed to have passed the course in 2011. During the investigation, Kaur’s enrolment was not found in university records. The officer was informed about the details.”
A senior functionary also said that there was a suggestion that a case of fraud should be registered against her, “But then we discussed that she was a cricketer who has brought laurels for the country. Also, usually, star sportspersons are taken for a ride by their coaches, who want them to keep playing for their institutes. Hence, the lenient view.”