Dismissed controversial Punjab cop Gurmeet Singh Pinky had approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking his reinstatement in the police force. The court adjourned his plea till July 15 on Monday.
The petition was first taken up by the single-judge bench of justice Arun Palli and then referred to the other bench “after obtaining the orders from the acting chief justice”.
A life-term convict in a murder case, Pinky was re-appointed as inspector on May 16, through an order of deputy inspector general (DIG) Gurinder Singh Dhillon. However, the order was set aside on May 20 by inspector general (IG, zonal) Lok Nath Angra. Dhillon is facing a probe for re-instating Pinky.
Pinky has challenged the May 20 order of his dismissal and submitted that he had been pardoned by the Punjab governor for his conviction in a 2001 case. Moreover, he wished to join the service again. The directions have been sought for the government regarding his reinstatement, his counsel Ajaivir Singh told HT.
Pinky has also stated that the DIG, in his order of reinstatement, had praised him and recorded that “he is an asset” to the force. As he was dismissed by the government, the cop has sought the court’s intervention saying the May 20 order of his dismissal should be set aside.
In 2001, Pinky had gunned down a youth over a petty issue. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, he was released on May 24, 2014.