An official of Union home ministry has said that a Punjab sub-inspector was among three policemen whose gallantry award has been withdrawn by central government under criminal charges. Gurmeet Singh Pinky, Controversial sub-inspector, a “cat”-turned-dismissed cop, who was awarded in 1997 who was convicted and later dismissed from service in 2006. The central government is believed to have learned of the conviction only in July 2015.A murder case was registered against Pinky in 2001 and he was convicted and awarded life imprisonment in 2006.
An official said that when Punjab Government was asked to confirm they advised the ministry to strip him of the award. Home ministry sent proposal to former president Pranab Mukherjee after consulting intelligence agency, who noded to strip the cop of the police medal.
The then sub-inspector, Pinky was awarded the police medal for gallantry on a proposal submitted by the state government for his bravery during service. At the time of awarding him the gallantry medal, the Punjab government had issued integrity certificate in favour of the official.A murder case was registered against Pinky in 2001 after which he was convicted and later was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006. Subsequently he was dismissed from the service. However, he was released on May 24, 2014 by the state government and was re-appointed as inspector onMay 16, next year.
Pinky, a resident of Mohali, was reportedly close to many terrorists in Punjab. In the early 1990s, he helped Punjab police to fight against terrorism by forming Punjab Police ‘cat’ (commando). He later rose to the post of inspector, reportedly because of his proximity to some high-ups.The others whose medals have been withdrawn are Dharmendra Choudhary, former Madhya Pradesh additional superintendent of police (ASP) — who has been suspected of staging an encounter — and Jharkhand Police sub- inspector Lalit Kumar, who has been accused of being involved in corruption cases.
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