3 cops stripped of medals over ‘criminal acts, graft’
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The police medal awarded to Choudhary was withdrawn last month, after the National Human Rights Commission questioned the authenticity of the encounter he had been felicitated for.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.
’SOILED COPS’ REPUTATION’