There was a huge controversy when Gurmeet Singh Pinky, who was serving a life term for a murder case, was released prematurely last year and reinstated in the police in May this year. His reinstatement was reversed and he has now moved the Punjab & Haryana High Court. Talking about the case, he made an explosive disclosure: that he had paid Rs 50 lakh for his reinstatement into the Punjab Police. Pinky said that he had paid money to one Amandeep Kumar ‘Skoda’ of Fazilka district for onward payment. Pinky claims that he often saw Skoda enter the houses of senior officers with bags of money. On his own payment, he claims to have an agreement in the form of an affidavit (called “halfia biyan”) for some Rs 30 lakh that he paid. The remaining Rs 20 lakh was paid separately. Pinky says he made a mistake in paying the money but he is not alone in making payments to Skoda. Scores of senior police officers, he claims, had paid lakhs of rupees to get favourable postings. He specifically implicates ex-DGP Sumedh Singh Saini and says that in his presence Skoda used to call the DGP’s residence from where one Uma Shankar, an ASI, would come and collect the money. When asked how he was linking the payment to Skoda with the DGP and his reinstatement, he said that in his presence Skoda had called up certain police officers to withhold his letter of reinstatement till they hear from him. “When I paid him the remaining Rs 20 lakh, the letter was given to me,” he claims. Skoda belongs to Fazilka, where an FIR is registered against him on the complaints of a lady (July 16, 2015), stating that he had duped her by claiming to be close to the Punjab CM and DGP. Skoda is untraceable now. Pinky has already served a life sentence for the murder of a Ludhiana youth, Avtar Singh Gola, on January 7, 2001. The sentence by a Yamunanagar court in Haryana was confirmed by the Punjab & Haryana High Court. However, Pinky insists that he did not kill Gola. “If I admit to seeing or being associated with 50 killings, why would I not admit to a 51st?” he asks. He claims he was framed by his seniors.
Pinky even claims that he was not in Ludhiana on the night of the killing, that he was in Delhi on duty for the Republic Day parade. He even has hotel and hospital records to support his claim. Pinky says that the case relating to the plea of Gola’s father, Amrik Singh, is still in the Supreme Court, where three contradictory statements have been given. “Let Amrik Singh take a vow on the Guru Granth Sahib that I killed Gola and I will stop parroting my innocence in the case,” he says.