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Despite his denials, Vijender signed 4-year pact with UK boxing firm

Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, already at the centre of a debate for turning professional, seems to have pulled a fast one on the Haryana government.

punjab Updated: Jul 04, 2015 09:04 IST
Hitender Rao
Hitender Rao
Hindustan Times
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Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, already at the centre of a debate for turning professional, seems to have pulled a fast one on the Haryana government.

In an apparent bid to circumvent rules and pacify officials, the boxer, who is a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) in Haryana Police, submitted an application on Thursday to Haryana director general of police (DGP) Yash Pal Singhal, stating that he has not yet entered into any agreement with a foreign company. The Haryana Police Act clearly bars a police officer from engaging in any other employment or office of profit, whatsoever, other than his duties under the Act.

Queensberry confirms 4-yr agreement with Vijender

However, the facts turn out to be quite contrary. Richard Maynard, the media in charge for UK-based Queensberry Promotions in an e-mail confirmed to HT on Friday that the star boxer has signed a four-year promotional agreement with Queensberry Promotions and IOS Sports and Entertainment.

A June 30 tweet by Queensberry promoter, Frank Warren (Full story on signing of @boxervijender on our website on Thursday) also confirmed that the star boxer had signed an agreement on June 29. Interestingly, Frank Warren’s son Francis, who addressed a press conference in England on June 29 to announce the signing of a “long term deal” with Vijender, said, “He was absolutely over the moon to sign Vijender”.

Will refer matter to state govt, Says DGP

When contacted, Haryana DGP Yash Pal Singhal expressed surprise saying that Vijender’s application states that he has not made any pact or signed any agreement with a foreign company. Asked for their further course of action, the DGP said that ordinarily, action ranging from warning to dismissal of service can be initiated in such matters. “We will not compromise on rules and refer the matter to the state government to take a call,’’ Singhal said.

Rules for employment during leave

Section 8.41 of the Punjab Civil Services rules (as applicable to Haryana) say that a government employee on leave may not take any service or accept any private employment without obtaining the previous sanction of the competent authority, if the proposed service of employment lies elsewhere than in India.

In Vijender’s case, the chief minister is the competent authority to grant sanction. The pugilist. appointed through sports quota, had also met Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday to explain his plans to venture into the world of professional boxing.

Senior state officials said that Vijender apparently realised that he has committed a violation of the Police Act and his plea of not entering into an agreement with Queensberry was an afterthought to save him from embarrassment and action.

First Published: Jul 03, 2015 21:37 IST