Won't pass any order without hearing govt: HC to Vijender Singh

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh Chandigar
  • Updated: Aug 29, 2015 00:27 IST
Boxer Vijender Singh will start his training from July 27 in Manchester under trainer Lee Beard for his professional debut in Britain in September. (AFP Photo)

Several appeals from ace boxer Vijender Singh to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday failed to yield any result as it categorically told him that a matter of such an importance had come for judicial scrutiny for the first time and without hearing the government it would not give any interim direction.

As the hearing began, Vijender told the court that if he was not allowed to go, his professional career would get ruined and he would never be able to participate in professional leagues.

"He comes from a humble background and struggled a lot to reach upto this level... If he does not report on Monday, his career is over. There are several examples of professional players joining professional leagues. He would make country proud, let's give him a chance," Puneet Bali, senior advocate, appearing on behalf of Vijender told the court seeking direction to allow him to go abroad for professional boxing as the state failed to submit reply.

"He is in government service. Whether he can be allowed or not should be examined. Let the state file a reply… He is going to earn out of it. Can it be allowed? We will examine (it). Such a matter has come for the first time for judicial scrutiny," the high court bench of justice SK Mittal and justice MS Chauhan observed while posting the hearing for September 7.

The boxer as well as the state government failed to submit its responses on the issue, despite direction from the high court last week in this regard. "We don't want to spoil (his) career. There is no stay. He can go… Nobody is stopping (him). But we will not pass any direction…. You can go after resigning," the high court bench said pointing out that as the state had not taken any stand on the issue so far, it would not pass any order.

The court was hearing a matter wherein Vijender has pleaded that the government be directed to take a decision on the application he had given for grant of one-year leave to participate in professional boxing. Vijender, a deputy superintendent of police in Haryana, intends to join professional boxing at Queensberry Promotions Limited, England. However, the government is yet to take a decision whether to allow him or not. His decision has become a matter of debate. The high court has also ordered suo motu proceedings on his decision turning pro. However, Vijender claims that he had not entered into any agreement with Queensberry Promotions Limited.

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