‘I cleared all exams, my certificate is legal’

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Days after the Punjab government withdrew deputy superintendent of police rank from Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian women’s Twenty20 captain and Arjuna awardee, and offered her constable’s post, TOI’s Sanjeev Verma interviews her to clear the air on her fake graduation degree row

Why don’t you clear the air on controversy behind your graduation degree?

There was a reason I stayed silent. I respect my department for giving me the job. Whatever is coming my way, whether good or bad, my department would know. Therefore, I kept quiet. Otherwise, on the very first day (after government withdrew the deputy superintendent of police rank from her) I would have called a press conference to present my case. My degree is not fake. I did my graduation eight years ago, after completing Class XII. Had I known the degree (graduation) was fake, I would have done graduation again, maybe two or three times over. I have no idea what my department has noticed (in the degree) or what verification it has done. I have conveyed the same thing to my department and don’t know why media doesn’t understand this.

The Punjab Police department has confirmed information about your fake graduation degree.

If you have 10 friends, there are enemies too. I don’t know how many people are happy with my achievement. There may be some who are dissatisfied. I don’t know why they are defaming me today. All in all, I’ve been doing exceptionally well for my country. There is a question mark on my career today. Why is that?

The authorities at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, have said the enrollment number and roll number mentioned in your graduation certificates do not exist in their records.

By default, it can also be an administrative fault. When you did your graduation, did you go to the head office to verify your enrollment number? Nobody does that. I did exactly the same thing. If I am playing, my focus is obviously on cricket. Apart from that, I just wanted to complete my graduation. On the basis of my graduation certificate, I took admission in post graduation course in a different university but could never take my exams because of overseas tournaments. Today, that very degree is being called fake.

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