GOVERNMENT officials were last night determining how a long-service medal would be awarded to a controversial former auxiliary police officer. Governor Chris Patten has approved a police recommendation that Yaqub Khan be presented with the first clasp to a Colonial Special Constabulary Medal for his diligent public service record - more than 16 years after he was sacked by his superiors. However, it is not known whether Mr Patten or the Commissioner of Police, Li Kwan-ha, or a nominated delegate, will give the citation or, indeed, if it will even be delivered in a personal manner. It is understood a decision on the matter will be made this week. Mr Khan served for 26 years as a part-time policeman. He attained the rank of superintendent before being dismissed without explanation in 1978 amid allegations of irregular pay claims and unauthorised investigations into criminal syndicates. Mr Khan yesterday said he was grateful to be granted the award but would not comment specifically until being officially informed of the decision. Protesting his innocence, Mr Khan took his sacking to the courts. In a civil case stretching 11 years and reputedly costing more than $300 million, the Court of Appeal eventually upheld his claim of wrongful dismissal and, in 1989, Mr Justice Mortimer awarded him back pay, with interest, totalling about $500,000. But various legal costs reduced these earnings to about $30,000. Apart from granting costs, the court ruling specified that consideration be given to restoring all of Mr Khan's rights and remedies - except for his reinstatement to police duties. Flowing from this ruling, a police report recently found no reason to stop Mr Khan from receiving his medal for long service. The Colonial Special Constabulary Medal is awarded for at least 15 years of meritorious service. Clasps are provided for each 10 years of subsequent good conduct. Last month, Mr Li informed him of the award recommendation but stressed it still required the Governor's assent. Government House Deputy Private Secretary, Kim Salkeld, confirmed the award had just been approved. Mr Salkeld was unable to provide details, however, on when and how the award would be presented.