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Promotion, leave for cop Khali

india Updated: May 08, 2008 02:02 IST
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra
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The controversy over extending medical leave to Dilip Singh Rana, better known as pro wrestler ‘The Great Khali’, has blown over with the Punjab Armed Police (PAP) reportedly deciding to promote him to the rank of sub-inspector for his outstanding performance in the World Wrestling Entertainment circuit.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Rana is due to re-join duty at PAP headquarters in Jalandhar next week. “We have extended his medical leave according to rules and there is no controversy in this regard. We will felicitate Khali during a special function; the details are being worked out. He is definitely an asset to the Punjab Police,” ADGP Rajan Gupta said, adding that he had won laurels for India in the international arena.

Rana has been extended medical leave for treatment of hormonal imbalances in his body, reportedly to facilitate him to pursue his career at the WWE in the United States.

Rana was first spotted by the then Punjab DGP Mahil Singh Bhullar, after which he was inducted into the Punjab Police. “I am elated he has managed to break the US monopoly in WWE. It’s really a big achievement for a young Indian,” Bhullar said.

“At first, Dilip was afraid to join the police due to terrorism at that time. It was due to my repeated assurances that he’d be developed as a sportsperson and confined to the high-security PAP complex that helped him join,” Bhullar said.