Ex-IAS officer Rupan Bajaj wants Gill's Padma Shri taken back

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 on Tuesday 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 terpitude. 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 medals."

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.

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