Directing Punjab Police's controversial dismissed cop Gurmeet Singh Pinky to produce a Supreme Court order upholding his conviction in a 2001 murder case, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday adjourned the hearing on his petition for July 15.
During the resumed hearing on the petition in which Pinky had sought his reinstatement in police, the single-judge bench of justice AG Masih posed him several questions, including how he got back his job after being convicted. The court also sought details of his conviction order in the case that led to his dismissal. Pinky told the court that the May 16 order of reinstatement had been withdrawn on May 20 because of "political considerations" without citing any reasons or giving him any opportunity of hearing.
"I am an exceptional cop. I received several commendation certificates and President's Police Medal, which shows my extraordinary capabilities," Pinky told the court. As he pressed for a stay on the May 20 order, the high court adjourned the hearing and told him to produce the SC order upholding his conviction. Pinky had moved the high court on May 28 and the case was listed before the bench of justice Arun Palli, which recused itself from hearing the case.
The life convict in the murder case was re-appointed as police inspector on May 16 through an order of deputy inspector general (DIG) Gurinder Singh Dhillon. This order was set aside on May 20 by inspector general (zonal) Lok Nath Angra. It is this order that Pinky has challenged, submitting that the Punjab governor had granted him pardon in the 2001 case.
In January 2001, Pinky had gunned down a young man, only son of his parents, over a petty issue. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was later released on May 24, 2014.