The Punjab government has blamed then Ludhiana range deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Gurinder Singh Dhillon for “wrongly” re-instating notorious police cat-turned-dismissed cop Gurmeet Singh Pinky.
The government, in its reply to the petition filed by Pinky, has stated that DIG Dhillon “wrongly” believed that the 2006 dismissal order of Pinky was not served on him and passed the order of his re-instatement keeping in view “the daredevil and fearless” nature of Pinky in the past.
However, the order passed by the DIG was in violation of the DGP Punjab instructions of 2007, whereby it was stated that the leeway could only be granted to them whose case was either stayed or set aside. In this case, Pinky conviction, and that too of a heinous crime, still stands. “The petitioner is convict of one of most heinous crimes and the gravity of the same increases manifold when a criminal offence like the offence in question is committed by an official of the police department,” Fatehgarh Sahib senior superintendent of police JS Khaira has submitted on government’s behalf. It has also been sated that Pinky’s was not a “misconduct but a grave misconduct”. Though the governor accepted his plea for pardon and ordered his release, it was an “act of grace” and the pardoning does not wipe off the guilt and “his conviction still stands”, the government further says, arguing that the DIG overlooked this aspect.
Defending the dismissal order passed by then Jalandhar range inspector general of police Lok Nath Angra, the government has submitted that he was well within his powers in setting aside the order passed by the DIG being the supervisory officer as per the Punjab Police Rules. As regard to Pinky’s contention that he was not served show- cause notice, it has been stated that the notice is issued in cases wherein award is enhanced.
A life-term murder convict, Pinky was re-appointed as inspector on May 16, through an order of DIG Dhillon. However, the order was later set aside on May 20 by IG Angra. Pinky has challenged the May 20 order and submitted that he had been pardoned by the Punjab governor for his conviction in a 2001 case and he wished to join the services again.
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.