3 cops stripped of medals over ‘crim­i­nal acts, graft’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment has, over the past five months, stripped three po­lice per­son­nel of their gal­lantry medals over their al­leged in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal acts and cor­rup­tion. The sus­pected wrong­do­ings of Pun­jab po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Gurmeet Singh, Jhark­hand po­lice subin­spec­tor Lalit Ku­mar and Mad­hya Pradesh po­lice’s ad­di­tional SP Dhar­men­dra Choud­hary “soiled the rep­u­ta­tion of po­lice”, said a Union home min­istry of­fi­cial.

Singh was stripped of his po­lice medal for gal­lantry, awarded in 1997, af­ter it came to the home min­istry’s no­tice that he had been con­victed in a mur­der case in 2006. The mi- nistry got to know of his con­vic­tion and life sen­tence only in 2015 and, once it was con­firmed by Pun­jab po­lice, Singh was con­sid­ered no longer de­serv­ing of the hon­our.

“Gal­lantry award win­ners are ex­pected to main­tain a clean rep­u­ta­tion and high moral char­ac­ter at all times. If any act of a crim­i­nal na­ture, mis­con­duct or cor­rup­tion comes to the no­tice of the Union gov­ern­ment, it re­serves the right to re­call the hon­our af­ter ver­i­fi­ca­tion,” said an of­fi­cer.

Ku­mar was stripped of his po­lice medal in June this year af­ter he was found to have faced dis­ci­plinary pro­ceed­ings/de­part­men­tal in­quiry. It was Jhark­hand po­lice that brought this fact to the no­tice of the home min­istry.

The po­lice medal awarded to Choud­hary was with­drawn last month, af­ter the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion ques­tioned the authen­tic­ity of the en­counter he had been fe­lic­i­tated for. Also, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion shared re­cently with the min­istry, Choud­hary was not even part of the en­counter, said an of­fi­cer. Choud­hary was posted in Jhabua in 2002 when he re­port­edly gunned down a wanted crim­i­nal.

For rep­re­sen­ta­tion

’SOILED COPS’ REP­U­TA­TION’

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