This puts former Punjab DGP and “super cop” Kanwar Pal Singh Gill (better known as K.P.S. Gill) in the same dock as S.P.S. Rathore, the former Haryana police chief convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra.
Is such a step justified?
Gill, convicted in 1996 for misbehaving with an IAS officer, has said it is not right to strip officers of medals with retrospective effect. The former DGP also said he won’t be bothered if his medals are taken away.
Since officers are supposed to show exemplary conduct at all times, stripping them of medals may very well be the correct step.
At the same time, the medals may have been given in recognition of duties performed as police officers — perhaps for general conduct as officers or for specific acts of bravery.