Edgy over the future of his employment with the Haryana Police, Olympic medalist boxer Vijender Singh on Thursday met Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and sought permission to train in London and compete in the professional circuit through director general of police (DGP) Yash Pal Singhal.
"Vijender has given an application seeking permission for taking part in professional boxing and we would forward it to the chief minister for approval. We will go by the rules and regulations and accordingly, look into his case,'' Singhal said.
On the boxer's recent overseas visit to London without government's permission, the DGP said that Vijender had sought an post-facto approval of the government for which there was a provision in the rules.
When contacted, Vijender told HT that he had met the chief minister in the morning and discussed about the professional circuit. "Sir (CM) was quite positive and asked me to give representation through DGP, which I did," said Vijender, who was appointed as deputy superintendent of police (DSP) for winning bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics. "I am part of the Haryana Police and will always remain their part," he added.
Vijender recently decided to turn a professional boxer, tying up with United Kingdom based Queensberry Promotions, a leading boxing promotional organisation. Once turned pro, Vijender would be ineligible to represent India in Olympics or any other international competitions held under the banner of international boxing body AIBA.
"Vijender has informed that that he has not entered into any agreement with Queensberry Promotions till date and has only given his consent to it," said DGP Singhal.
Vijender also met Haryana sports minister Anil Vij later in the day and apprised him of the issue. "Granting permission for professional boxing is not the prerogative of my ministry. As Vijender is an employee of the state police force, so it is up to the home department to take a call on it," said Vij.
DABBLED IN MOVIES, ADS
The star boxer from Bhiwani in Haryana is, however, no stranger to controversies. He continued to dabble in Bollywood despite not getting permission from the state police and had acted in bollywood movie 'Fugly' released last year, though Vijender claims that he had given his representation, seeking permission from the police department.
WHAT THE LAW SAYS?
The Section 53 of the Haryana Police Act clearly says: "No police officer shall engage in any other employment or office of profit whatsoever other than his duties under the Act."
The Section 55 of the Act says: "No member of the police force without the express sanction of the state government shall be a member or be associated in any way with any society, institution, association or organisation…."