The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued notice to the Punjab government on a petition filed by controversial Punjab Police 'cat'-turned-dismissed cop Gurmeet Singh Pinky, who has challenged the setting aside of his reinstatement.
The petitioner argued before the court that even if his reinstatement order was to be reviewed by the state government, he should have been issued a show-cause notice. "At least an opportunity of hearing should have been granted," Pinky argued. "The state government has much to explain. It (reinstatement order) did not suit political bosses," he said, urging the high court to seek response from the government.
The bench of Justice AG Masih issued a notice to the government, seeking its response by October 8. As Pinky pressed for a stay on the dismissal order, the high court denied the request observing that it was a service matter and if his petition was allowed, he could get re-instatement with consequential benefits.
Pinky was re-appointed as police inspector on May 16, through an order of deputy inspector general (DIG), Gurinder Singh Dhillon. However, the order of re-instatement was later set aside on May 20 by inspector general (IG, zonal) Lok Nath Angra.
Pinki has challenged the May 20 order and submitted that he had been pardoned by the Punjab governor for his conviction in a 2001 case. Moreover, he wished to join the services again, which was maintainable as per law.
Pinki has also stated in his prayer that the DIG in his order of re-instatement had praised him and described him as an "asset to the force".
Pinky had in January 2001 gunned down a youth, the only son of his parents, over a petty issue. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was released on May 24, 2014.