New Delhi: India's 2008 Olympics Games bronze medallist Vijender Singh on Thursday approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court urging it to direct the Haryana government to grant him permission to participate in the professional boxing league in England.
According to a report in the Indian Express, Vijender informed the court he had submitted two applications with the Haryana DGP — first on July 3 and another on July 24 — to grant him one year’s leave. But no action has been taken in this regard, the court was informed.
Taking cognizance of news items published with regard to Vijender’s decision to turn pro and join the Queensbury Promotions boxing league, the high court earlier issued notices to the state of Haryana and Vijender for July 24, terming the action of the pugilist as being against the sports policy.
Vijender who is also a DSP in Haryana police, had played down the objections raised by his employers — Haryana Police — after he turned pro. The pugilist clarified that he has “not entered into any contract with Queensberry Promotions Ltd. (London based company) till now” as is being alleged. He also placed on record a letter issued by the Queensberry Promotions Limited on July 24.
The 29-year-old had also added that he is not the first employee of Haryana Police who has been appointed on the basis of his achievements in the field of sports and should not be restricted from playing in professional leagues. He cited 13 examples of sportspersons who have been allowed by the state government to play in professional leagues.
The division bench had issued notices to the Haryana government to file its reply. The case would now come up for hearing on August 20.