Harmanpreet is the vice-captain of the women's national cricket team Image: AFP
Indian Women's T20 Captain and vice-captain of the women's national team Harmanpreet Kaur, who was appointed as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in March this year on the basis of her sporting credentials, may be demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be fake by Punjab Police.
"As her graduation degree was found to be fake, Harmanpreet's qualification can now be treated as Class XII. So, she can be given the post of constable, which matches her educational qualification," said a senior government official.
The government is yet to take a final decision as the home department has sought comments from the director-general of police on this matter.
"The file (pertaining to Harmanpreet) has been sent to the DGP office for his comments," a senior official of the home department said.
According to the service rules, a candidate has to be a graduate for the post of DSP in Punjab.
Punjab police, during the verification of Harmanpreet's testimonials, had found her graduation degree from Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU), Meerut, as fake.
Harmanpreet, who had come to Mohali on July 3 for an event, had told the media, "I am aware of it (controversy), the government is taking care of that. I am hoping for a positive response."
Harmanpreet's father Harmandar Singh had earlier claimed the testimonials of his daughter were "genuine".
He had said that his daughter got the job of office superintendent at the Western Railway on the basis of the graduation degree.
The Indian women's T20 captain was appointed a DSP of Punjab Police in March this year. Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had offered the post of DSP to Harmanpreet in July last year, following her scintillating performance in the Women's World Cup 2017.
Harmanpreet was earlier employed with the Indian Railways but was relieved from her duties earlier this year 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 DSP in Punjab Police from March 1.
(Inputs from PTI)