first_imgHarmanpreet Kaur has finally broken her silence on the fake degree controversy.The Indian cricketer who was posted as a trainee Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) with Punjab Armed Police was demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be fake.Harmanpreet has now defended herself saying she completed her graduation eight years ago.”My degree is not fake. I did my graduation eight years ago, after completing class XII,” Harmanpreet told The Times of India.Harmanpreet said she also took admission for a post-graduation course on the basis of her graduation degree. The 29-year-old also added that she could not pursue the post-graduation course due to cricketing commitments.”When you did your graduation, did you go to the head office to verify your enrolment number? Nobody does that. If I am playing, my focus is obviously on cricket. Apart from that, I just wanted to complete my graduation,” said Harmanpreet.”On the basis of my graduation certificate, I took admission for a 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.”India women’s cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur demoted to constable by Punjab PoliceHarmanpreet also shared the details of her graduation degree.”I completed my graduation through distance learning from Chaudhary Charan Singh University in 2009-2011. Earlier, I was pursuing my graduation from a college in Jalandhar, where I did my first year. Thereafter, I was not able to pursue it as my cricket schedule and the examination dates used to clash always. Besides, as the college principal had changed, and they did not like me pursuing sports, they did not adjust exam timings as per my cricket schedule. So, I had to migrate to another university. I have been playing for India after completing my Class XII.advertisement”I have cleared all my exams and my every certificate is legal. My examination centre used to be in Delhi. My subjects were sociology, political science, English and general awareness,” Harmanpreet said.The cricketer said that she’s yet to be informed by Punjab Police about her demotion.”The department should initiate action against me. I am waiting for a word from my department I have not received any notice from my department,” added Harmanpreet.The Indian women’s T20 captain was appointed as DSP Punjab police in March this year. The Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had offered the post of DSP to Harmanpreet in July last year, following her scintillating performance in the Women’s World Cup 2017.Harmanpreet was earlier employed with the Indian Railways but was relieved from her duties earlier this year after she put in a request to join Punjab police.The Punjab government had also taken up the matter with the Railway Ministry to waive the bond condition and allow Harmanpreet, who is a native of Moga, to join as a DSP in Punjab Police from March 1.last_img read more