Chandigarh: The Centre`s decision to strip
police officers convicted of `moral terpitude` of medals and
awards fuelled a demand by an ex-woman IAS officer today that
the Padma Shri award be taken back from Punjab`s former
`supercop` KPS Gill convicted for molesting her.
74-year-old Gill, who is credited with retrieving Punjab
from insurgency, dismissed the demand as "nonsense."
Rupan Deol Bajaj wanted the Centre to move against Gill
in the same manner as it was proceeding against ex-Haryana top
cop SPS Rathore to strip him of his police medal in the
aftermath of the Ruchika molestation case.
"Gill`s case is also one of moral turpitude. All his
medals and the Padma Shri should be taken away," said Bajaj,
who is currently a Information Commissioner in Punjab.
"It is very necessary that some kind of message should
go out to society that such persons do not deserve to have
these high decorations(Padma Shri)," Bajaj said.
"I think Ruchika would not have been molested had KPS
Gill not be given Padma Shri. Because (Rathore) knew that if
such things happen even to IAS officer, they can get away, a
top cop can get away with it," she said.
Gill, who got the country`s fourth highest civilian
honour in 1989 for his work in the civil service, said
retrospective punishment for award and medal recipients for
services rendered by them was "against the law."
Gill, a recipient of several police medals, also
appeared to suggest that he was not unduly bothered if the
medals given to him were taken away by the Government.
"Who is bothered about that medal yaar. I never asked
for it. They gave it to me. They can take away all the 20
Gill was in 1996 found guilty of outraging modesty of
Bajaj by a trial court after she complained in 1988 that the
police officer "pinched" her "posterior" at a party where he
was alleged to be drunk.