Chandigarh: The central government of India withdraws a gallantry medal given to controversial Punjab Police “cat”-turned-dismissed cop Gurmeet Pinky in 1997.
Pinky, the then sub-inspector with the Punjab Police was awarded the police medal for gallantry on a proposal submitted by the President 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 and he was convicted and awarded life imprisonment in 2006. Subsequently, he was dismissed from the service. He was, however, released by the state government secretly on May 24, 2014 and was re-appointed as inspector on May 16.
Pinky, a resident of Mohali, in the early 1990s, he had been made a Punjab Police ‘cat’. He later rose to the post of inspector, reportedly because of his proximity to some high-ups.
The Union home ministry came to know about his conviction only in July 2015. Soon the matter was taken up with the Punjab government, which confirmed the conviction and advised the ministry to initiate the process of withdrawal of the medal.