The end always justifies the means.

But for a senior Indian police officer who faked his own death, it was all too much, shattering his daughter’s future in a snap.


When Sukhmani Hundal, a student in Punjab, forwarded her father’s death certificate to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, she was awarded an academic grant in medicine, a privilege afforded to those whose parents died in the line of duty. Her father, Senior Superintendent Rajjit Singh Hundal, was believed to have met that fate worthy of honor and generous grants for his family members.

But in the counseling sessions that followed, university officials who closely examined the document uncovered the fraud.

Further investigations revealed that Mr. Rajjit was still serving as Senior Superintendent of the police in Punjab.

Recently, he even received the President’s Police Medal award for commendable service.

Since the fraud was discovered, the registrar who issued the certificate has been suspended, the daughter’s scholarship has been revoked, and Punjab’s home department has launched an investigation into the allegations.

Mr. Sajjit came to his own defense that both his mother and sister were killed in a 1991 terrorist attack, and that the certificate’s clauses were misleading.

But despite the fraud, the police chief told The Telegraph that Mr. Sajjit’s job, not to mention his decades-long record of good service on the police force, will not be compromised, and that the allegations have been considered a “private matter.”

Private and personal indeed, as his daughter paid the price in the end.